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 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”…

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…

What a true fan really means

  Original                                                                     English Ce sont les meilleures équipes                            …

Impact of Hackathons

Hackathon; probably you have heard this word from a friend or read it on a Facebook page. But have you ever wondered what does it mean or where does it come from? If you try to look it up in a dictionary or on an online translator you may not get a precise translation. So,…

The Father of Syrians did not die today

As I browse through my Facebook trying to choose my words wisely before writing this post, I can hardly find any expressions whether in Arabic or in English to describe the face that is showing literally in every post by my Syrian friends.    Pictures of one old man with my friend as a kid;…

TEDxIIT

Two of the Syrian Women at IIT share their thoughts about TEDxIIT: “We are all looking forward to the TEDx event happening tomorrow (April 5th) at IIT. This year, we even have more reasons to be excited about this event, as our Syrian friend Raed Tawil will be there as one of the speakers. This…

Active Citizen Summit

Richard J. Schmierer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and David A. Staples, Outreach Coordinator, from the State of Illinois visited us at IIT last Thursday to meet some of the Syrian students, and I was lucky enough to be there. During that visit, they learned more about us and IIT’s Syrian initiative. On the…

I was always welcomed! 

Fourteen months after moving to the States, I no longer consider myself a transfer student at Illinois Tech or identify myself as an “International student” in order to identify myself as belonging or not belonging to the Illinois Tech community, to the city of Chicago, or in the context of being different. I now have…

The Mosaic of Syria

We, as Syrians have represented many peoples for thousands of years, many religions and nationalities. But, I discovered that across the different layers of my society when someone is good at something, a scientist, an artist, a cook, a guitarist, a programmer, an athlete, too often, she/he always seeks to prove himself alone, and plays…

Syria… The country that will never die

Ten months ago, I had to leave my country Syria and come to the US to complete my studies. If it wasn’t for the situation there, I think it wouldn’t have been that hard but the feeling that I don’t know when I will be able to go back made everything harder and harder. Too…

Chile Miracle

Chile, a small country in south America; small enough to not know it at all and to know its history as well. But few days ago, while I was watching a well-made documentary, a story from that little country caught my attention. The story took place during the 1970s when chile was suffering from the…