STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM

How does it feel to live in a devastating conflict? Where everyone is mainly concerned about his safety, and his essential demands in life! How does it feel if your country started to fall apart as soon as you started building your future? [The] war in Syria has destroyed all sectors of life, including education and…

The first step to success!!

It was back when I first entered elementary school, that my views, opinions,[and] imagination started to grow. I was excited partly because I will finally get to change my old school uniform, and wear a new one that suits the new academic level I reached. But just as how symbolic this transition was, so did…

To be or not to be

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a good doctor? Going further, what it is like to be a human?  As a medical student, you must have considered leaving your own trace. In fact, you should believe in yourself and your abilities if you want to take a hand in building a…

Lighting a candle in a starless night

Living under a war-torn sky has shaped our lives to relate to war with every single detail of it. Sometimes we felt helpless; we felt our youth slipping away. Every time we got on our feet it hit us even harder. However, despite all the struggles we had to go through, deep inside, we had…

What Would You Most Like For Americans to Understand About Syrians?

I first made these comments in discussion with students and community members following the presentation of a fellow Syrian student at Monmouth College, Mark Ghaith. The International Club at Monmouth College has sponsored a series of talks, War Stories, by students who come from countries that have been, or are now, in conflict: Palestine, Northern Ireland, Ghana and Syria….

Syrian Youth Empowerment

Syrian Youth Empowerment Syrian Youth Empowerment is an initiative co-founded by three Syrian graduates of Illinois Tech with the aim to support Syrian high school students by offering several areas of service to Syrian youth including: Free TOEFL and SAT classes (in Syria) College and university guidance and counseling to secure scholarships in the U.S….

Martin Luther King’s advice for Syria

Had Dr. King still been with us today, he would’ve been 87 years old and I know with certainty, that he would’ve been a supporter of the Syrian uprising. Had Dr. King been with us today, he would’ve used his famous saying, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, to comment on the Syrian…

Harvard Arab Weekend Building Bridges: Uniting for a Brighter Future

From IIT to Harvard: continuous reporting about seven Syrian students from Illinois Tech. We were fortunate to travel to Harvard to join some of the best Arab intellectuals in the Arab world and North America. The best and most important aspect for us about being here at Harvard is joining in and being part of…

Press Release: New Scholarship Program for Syrian Women

HIGHER EDUCATION RESPONSE TO SYRIAN CRISIS LAUNCH OF 100 SYRIAN WOMEN, 10,000 SYRIAN LIVES SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2015 — Empowering women at this point of the conflict in Syria is one of the most important challenges today. These women will grow to become leaders and to contribute stabilizing the region. With…

Supporting Syria from the streets and the people of Chicago

“We all have heard and seen in people in Syria. The refugee crisis has taken way too many lives. While feeling bad about the situation and discussing about it what most of us can do, there are a few other things we can do to provide help. A little that we could do was go…

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…

#RunForSyria

Run For Syria – You Caring Video Four years into the conflict in Syria, there are 2 million Syrian refugee children. 400,000 of them are at the school age in Lebanon. 310,000 of them are out of school. You don’t need to have math anxiety to be scared by the numbers coming from Syria. They’re…