Keep educated – No matter how cruel life gets

If the past five years of war have proven anything good at all, it is the saying that “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” It is true that the brutality of war bit into our souls, crushed our dreams, and stripped our lives of all means of happiness, but it also has taught us…

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….

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…

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                            …

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…

The heroes of The Syrian Arab Red Crescent

Every day the number of martyrs and injured people increases in Syria. Bombs, mortars, missiles and other weapons ruin the lives of many Syrians every day. This horrible situation requires a huge number of volunteers who are ready to put their lives in risk in order to save others. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is…

To all Syrian mothers…Thank you

Today is March, 21, which is the mother’s day in few countries including Syria. The Syrian mothers had to go through a lot in last three years, nothing is more difficult than a mother seeing her own kids dying or getting injured, or when a mother is in a position where she has to see…