MY JOURNEY TO LEARN

How did it start?
May 2016
Richmond, Virginia
I received a call from Marie Frank, asking me about how I made it to the U.S. in the first place and what are my plans. A few days later, Marie and Murtadha generously offered me a loan that covers the first academic year at Reynolds community college.
June 2016
Baghdad, Iraq
I went back to Baghdad and started thinking, what will happen if I don’t get any sponsorship for my second academic year? Is it worth taking the risk? Am I going to be able to figure it out? Will my life be ruined if I can’t find any sponsorship?
July 2016
Baghdad, Iraq
I figured that it’s worth taking the risk and I won’t lose anything if it doesn’t work for the second year. So I applied for the Student visa and I was lucky to get it approved. Yousif and Namma were generous enough to let me stay at their house so I decided to give it a shot.
August 2016
Paris, france
It’s happening! I was on my way to Richmond and I had an 8-hour layover in paris. You know that moment when you know there is no way back? The moment of excitement and fear at the same time. The feeling that only few hours separates you from your big journey?
August 2016
Richmond, Virginia
I arrived to Richmond and started college. I can’t express how blessed I felt to have so many amazing people in my life who made it possible for me to pursue the education that I have always dreamed of. Things are going great at Reynolds community college and I’m meeting more and more amazing people.
January 2017
Richmond, Virginia

I won’t lie. It takes so much courage to take such risk. But it’s completely worth it. I’m having the best time here in Richmond. Time is flying and I only have the semester of spring 2017 covered. I still haven’t got any sponsorship for my second academic year. Am I freaking out? No. Allah has blessed me in many ways and surrounded me with the best people ever. People are going to help me and I’m going to do my best. If you believe in me and you are willing to be part of my journey, there are three ways that you could change my life with. Check them below

how can u help me?

Share what you know

if you know any organization that could help me with a loan/scholarship please tell me about it. if you also know any college that offers scholarships for international students, please let me know about that college.

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Be my evaluator

Have you worked with me before? Do you feel you know me well enough to be one of my evaluators/recommenders? If so, it would help so much to contribute with a recommendation/evaluation letter to the colleges/scholarships that I’m applying to. Please contact me for further information

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Help me financially

Am I ashamed to ask you to support me financially? I don’t know. I have mixed feelings about it. I don’t want to ask for such support but at the same time, I’m just 20 years old and I’m doing my best to survive here with everything being way more expensive than my country. I’m not allowed to work in the U.S. since I’m an international student. If you feel like you want to support me financially, please do it because you are an amazing generous giver. Don’t do it if you are expecting anything from me in return. I don’t mean to be an a**hole, but really, we live in an uncertain world and I can’t give any promises. And hey, have faith, that whatever you contribute with, god is going to give you something better in return.

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