Today marks our 200th blog post!

Today marks our 200th blog post! As of today, we have reached over 51,000 views spanning more than 170 countries around the globe. Shukran! Since our very first post went live in August 2012, our mission has represented the following ideals: The IIT Syrian student blog is an independent writing project led by students who…

Small Efforts Matter: let’s make giving contagious

A few days ago, I had the chance to participate in Chicago’s Hot Chocolate 5k/15k Run along with many of other Syrians. Some of us were volunteering while others were running to raise money. The annual Chicago race aims at raising money for the Ronald McDonalds House that provides temporary housing for many families in…

If I could vote, I would

If I could vote, I would vote. I know people who literally died to get this right (privilege). I mean no matter how much you hate politics, politicians and these stuff, enjoy the right that someone died to give to you; vote to honor those people… By Jamal November 4, 2014 – Election day in…

To all journalists around the world…

“The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular.” Photo credit http://www.mirror.co.uk These are the words of Geraldo Rivera on journalism and if we want to mention an example from our reality, James W. Foley would be the perfect one. From a teacher in Arizona to one in Chicago for Teach…

To Our Countries لبلادي

To our countries… a beautiful piece of art done by two Syrian ladies in the hope of living in peace one day in the Middle East. This video describes the pain and war in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. “Syria(3 years of war)…A war that never knew its beginning… a war dreaming of an end”…

Central Park NYC

New York, one of the most famous states in the US and the destination of 50 million tourists every year; the state that never disappoints any tourist since it’s almost impossible to be bored in such an amazing and diverse place. From Times Square; the most crowded place on earth, to the Empire State Building,…

Many Voices and One Vision: For Peace

We are pleased to introduce you once again to Jong Massaquoi and share with you the words of our friend and fellow IIT student from the country of Liberia. Jong is a 4th year student in the IIT Stuart College of Business with a minor in architecture. A fellow classmate at Illinois Tech; Jong was…

The Syrian Phoenix: Within all of us

Through-out the human history, giving up has not been the solution for tragedies that faced societies. Passivity and surrendering does not resolve catastrophic conditions nor does it end wars and disasters that threaten the existence of people. Only those who survived to tell their stories in our present days chose to rise again and fight,…

“Hard work will always beat talent.”

We are pleased to introduce and share with you the words of Shane Samuels, a 4th year Architecture student from the island of Antigua, and a fellow classmate at Illinois Tech; as Syrians, Shane represents an IIT story – and a set of ideals and goals that we hold deeply as well, that is, a deep…

Building our thoughts: This is Why Syria Still Has a Chance.

As the conflict in Syria enters the 4th year now, people – especially children – are still suffering from the horrible crisis in their lives. They are forced to leave their homes, their history, their school and their professions – as well as the memories and lives that had been built over so many years….