Syria Today

I came back to Syria after nine months to find changes worth of three years. The first two days were great; I saw my family, my friends, and everyone that I’ve missed over the past year. At first I felt that the situation is getting better and I was happy about it, but then it…

Fulfilling Dreams

Studying abroad was always my life dream, and I was waiting for my chance to fulfill that dream. The chance has come today after I’ve been nominated as one of the Syrian students for the scholarship that Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in coordination with Jusoor organization provided. It was a special moment when…

What Happened to the people?

After two weeks here in Jordan, I’m feeling so confused and disappointed! Yes maybe I’m thankful because I saw my parents, friends and every street in Jordan that reminded me in the past 7 years when I lived here, but I am not HAPPY at all! I don’t want to talk a lot about politics…

Meeting with IIT’s President Mr. John L. Anderson

After we finished our first semester here at IIT (for others it is the second semester), finally we had the chance to meet in person the IIT’s President Mr. John L. Anderson. The meeting was in his office! And we were so excited to meet him personally and say, at least, THANK YOU. Each one…

Open House IIT

“Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived” (FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT) I’ve been always interested in architecture and design, and I always wanted to…

The Syrian Club

Two semesters ago, 14 Syrian students packed their bags for a long trip and went to the airport. They all had one same destination, Chicago, Illinois, USA. They left their families and friends with many hopes and promises to be fulfilled. When I look back to the first couple of weeks, now after the year…

A Path To A Greater Future

Illinois Institute of Technology has opened its doors to 26 Syrian students to help them accomplish their dreams, succeed, and stand out in the real world. I was so grateful and honored to be chosen among these extraordinary students. Upon arrival, I was welcomed with a big smile and an astonishing kindness. Everyone who was…

Visiting My Host Family

  When I first arrived to Chicago on January, 8, 2013 I was delivered to a host family’s house to spend my first night in the “US” there. I can honestly say that spending my first night with the “Meyers” played a very important role in my adaption process with the American society especially that…

IIT Research Day poster competition

IIT Research Day poster competition is an annual event organized by the IIT Office of Research The competition is divided into graduate and undergraduate tracks and includes students from various academic departments. Each department chooses the best researches/posters, and then asks them to participate in this competition. Along with 48 other posters, my team and…

The Big Event

It was a beautiful sunny morning when we set off to the Eden Place today. We were one of the many groups volunteering at the IIT fifth annual big event and were excited to see how the rest of the day is going to be like. When we first got there, we had no idea…

The Hackathon !

A large number of Syrian students at IIT are into the technology field. So when we first heard about the Monkey Bars Hackathon, we thought it would be a great idea to form a team to represent the Syrians. The Hackathon is a competition where developers work in groups for 25 hours tocome up with…

The American Vigil

I know that the following lines talking about American martyrs might sound weird since I am a Syrian student writing them and I have tens of thousands of martyrs in my country that I can mourn, but the thing is I am a human being in the first place. When I first heard about the…