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.