Top 5 Reasons Why I Want to Be A Business Analyst

  When I first started my degree in Civil Engineering I was really excited to learn everything on how to build things and solve complex problems. I knew I had a passion for finding solutions and understanding how things work, which made me believe that civil engineering would be perfect for me, especially since I have a solid background in…

730 days: both a lifetime and a blink of an eye

Summer 2013. The war in Syria continued but events were unfolding that would change the trajectory of my life forever because a small group of people at Illinois Institute of Technology, EducationUSA, the Institute of International Education, and Jusoor were working to support university students like myself whose higher education was halted by conflict. The…

IIT Alumni Association

One of the important lessons that I learned upon my arrival to the United States centers on the value of the practical experience available to undergraduate students in order for them to explore and prepare for a career that will be rewarding – both professionally and personally – and fulfilling. At Illinois Tech, co-ops and internships provide the opportunity…

Sustaining Our Dreams: the Jusoor Alumni Association

May 16, 2015 will always be a memorable day for the Joint IIT-Jusoor Initiative. It was the day where 15 Syrian youth had their graduation ceremony after a very long, challenging and interesting journey here in the United States. The program that was launched three years ago when Illinois Institute of Technology invited university students…

Jusoor, Hope and Gerald Doyle!

Last weekend could not have gotten any better. I got to attend the Jusoor Annual Conference and listen to successful speakers talk about their projects and ideas to benefit Syria and help us bring the smile back to our country. The sadness and heart break were apparent in people’s faces and voices as they talked about the…

Syrian Interfaith Leaders Visit Main Campus

The IIT Office of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning partnered with WorldChicago to host a delegation of Syrian interfaith leaders on Main Campus on October 31. The delegation was part of a project bringing together Syrian leaders of many faiths to discuss interfaith and faith-based…

Presenting “Hope” at USF

I just came back from inspiring 34 students at the University at St. Francis in Joliet, I feel proud of myself and of the Syrian Students at IIT. I didn’t prepare a motivational speech; to be honest I didn’t have any speech prepared at all. I was invited to join their International culture week along…

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…

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…

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,…