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Aya AlJandali, Class of 2019


What are your best memories about being born and raised in Syria?

My best memories are the times I used to spend with my family and friends.


What do you miss the most?

I miss my family and friends the most. It's more about the people not the place.


What about Syrian culture makes you most proud?

Syria being one of the few countries that still uses the Arabic language as a way of education.


Why did you chose to come to the US to study?

I chose the US because it gives the best education opportunities.


What challenges did you face while traveling here?

I didn't face many challenges as I came from Qatar.


How does it feel to be a Syrian student at UE in 2016?

It feels great because UE supports the Syrian students and tries its best to be there for them.


Have you experienced any positive or negative feedback here on campus or in Evansville?

Most people here on campus are very supportive and aware of what's happening in Syria now.


What are the scariest, greatest, and most difficult things about living in the U.S.?

The greatest thing about living in the U.S is the different people you can meet. The most difficult thing is being away from home and family.


Can you tell us about a life changing experience that happened to you in the U.S.?

I learned to be more independent.


Does your family still live in Syria? 

No. My family is currently living in Qatar.


Under what circumstances would you go back?

When the war is over and I know it would be safe to live there.


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