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My AUIS Journey

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 18:00

Alumni blog by Sivar Qazaz

Sivar Qazaz hails from Sulaimani, Iraq. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in business administration from AUIS. She currently works for Kurdistan Save the Children in Sulaimani.

In 2007 when the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) first opened its doors to students, I had already completed one year of education at another university, but I decided to quit everything and join AUIS where I saw a brighter future for myself.

AUIS taught me more than words written in books. It reshaped my personality and made me a stronger yet more flexible person. It taught me to be free, more open minded and to coexist with others. Above all, AUIS taught me to be more responsible towards my society.

AUIS is not a place where students study materials and memorize them for exams. It is a place where leaders are generated. This university is based on a liberal arts education, which means that students are taught to be flexible and adjust to various work fields once they graduate. The university’s strict attendance rules make students strong and capable of facing their tough work routines in the future and to be more committed. The numerous presentations, debates, projects and activities that AUIS offers are what make students effective decision makers and managers.

Besides skills, AUIS teaches students to be active members in their society. The first time I learned about volunteer work was at AUIS. It was such an astonishing feeling to be able to make a difference in people’s lives without waiting for any return from them. From that moment, I decided to dedicate what I have learnt from AUIS to serve my society. Once I graduated, I was offered a great opportunity to work for a non-governmental organization that helps children – Kurdistan Save the Children. I’m still working there, trying to make a difference in the lives of children.

The unique combination of practical and social lessons that AUIS provides to its students makes it the best place for people who want to have both successful social lives and careers.

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