How I Got Here – by Faisal Alsuwailem

I graduated with an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering Maintenance Technology in 2014.  After my Associates, I worked for SABIC, a chemical manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia, for seven months as a mechanical technician. I eventually resigned to continue my higher education in the United States. I came in the spring of 2015 and I studied English for two months to pass my TOEFL exam before enrolling in the College of Engineering.

        Moving to the U.S. was a big challenge for me as I had to sell my car and use up all my savings to get here. My plan was to work hard and take my chances at getting the scholarship from my government to cover the costs of school and living until I graduate. The time passed and I started to run out of money. I did not have enough money to cover the fall semester expenses, but with the help of my family I was able to keep up my strong will and believe in myself. Luckily, I was accepted just before the semester started.

         This was the best opportunity I ever had, to study abroad and get a chance to experience another culture. I joined the LDP in the Fall 2017 and I am learning some of my best life lessons here. My goal has always been to live with high ethical standards. The stronger the character I have, the better I can help the world around me. The LDP has helped me move faster towards this goal of building a strong character. I am now learning that team work is the key to achieving my goals. I thank Allah (God) for helping me through my journey. I also thank my father who gave me the chance to be financially independent. This helped me learn that if I work hard with dedication, I can achieve almost anything.

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