Many people take a journey to get where they are in life. My journey began with a car bomb. I am originally from Iraq. When I was 16, I attended one of the top schools in the country. This was during the war. One day, a bomb exploded in my school. And that’s when I knew: If I wanted to become someone, I needed to be somewhere else. After emailing high schools all over the world, I received a scholarship from a school in the United States. So I moved to the U.S. on my own to complete my last two years of high school. After graduating I decided to come to Canada. As a newcomer to the country, college was out of reach for me, so I found a job selling mobile phones. But I knew I wanted more. And so, after seven years of working, I decided to go back to school.
"So much of what I’ve accomplished since coming to Canada is because of my experiences at Seneca."
I am currently completing my diploma in Business Administration Management at Seneca, and plan to transition to the school’s degree program in International Business. Seneca has allowed me to accomplish so much. I started the Seneca chapter of Enactus, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurial community development projects. I even created my own small business through Seneca’s HELIX program to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to students who live in residence. That experience and others at Seneca has taught me so much about how I can use entrepreneurship to help change lives.
School is very important to me. When I came to Canada, I worked hard and did well for myself. But at the same time, I had always wished I had a degree. I hope to be able to use my Seneca education and my entrepreneurial skills to do work that is meaningful. I have come to see how the things I do can really change lives – both mine and others.
"Seneca and HELIX have shown me that you can be successful and do good. It changed my whole perspective."