Walking Away from IIT’s Graduation Ceremony Towards Our Future

Jamal Kharrat B.S. in Computer Science Class of 2016 I came to Chicago in September 1st, 2012, and I learnt so much in school, and achieved way more than expected myself to. There was always an inner force that pushed me forward and motivated me to do more work. My next steps will be acquiring…

Long Journey Coming to a Start

I have always thought that finishing my last architectural studio at Illinois Tech would be the end to my 6-year-long journey of studying architecture, a journey that I started in 2009 at the college of Architecture in Damascus University, Syria. However, ever since I presented my last project in December, I have had life-changing experiences…

A Classroom Without Borders

I don’t know where to start. The story goes back to my first year of college in Syria. “Don’t you think Hatahet would be a designer?” said Professor Michalle Zayat (I think he probably was making fun of me). For the past 10 years, it felt like when I made a step forward something would…

It Is Done

Sometimes, a few words can express what a million words cannot. It is done. Illinois Institute of Technology 146th Commencement May, 16, 2015 Raed Tawil

Graduation

Wooo what a two years IIT! I can officially say I am an engineer. Usually I don’t study electrical engineering, but when I do it takes me 7 years. I still remember the 17 year old me entering University of Aleppo in 2008. I didn’t expect that in my fourth year I would have to…

Graduated, again!

In May 2012, Two and a half years ago, I finished final exams of my senior year in Aleppo University. I was happy i finished my education and graduated before things in Syria got worse! but it turned out that I did not!!! Exam results came out saying that I need one more point in one…

Graduation Semester

In two weeks the fall semester will start here at Illinois Institute of Technology. It will be my graduation semester, and I will reach to the end of my journey with my bachelor degree. The journey started in 2009 as I concluded my secondary school studies and examinations and was admitted to The University of…

Choose to Move Forward – and transform lives

In the last two years, I have learned a great deal. Now, as I look back and I remember the last 24 months, it seems as if it was only just yesterday that I was arriving from Syria. The lessons I have gained represent more than the technological skills and knowledge acquired because I have…