America: My Blessing in Disguise

No matter how much we plan, sometimes things just don’t turn out the way we wanted. That’s what happened to Ibrahim, but it actually turned out to be a blessing!

My experience in my native language (Arabic):

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My name is Ibrahim Eisa, originally from Egypt but studying at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Nebraska. I will talk about an experience that influenced me.

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Ibrahim Eisa

I was in an American high school in Egypt. It was a private school runs by the Seventh Day Adventist organization. I graduated from my high school on May 29, 2011 and then I applied for a college in Australia. I got rejected from the Australian embassy and was so sad. The reason I wanted to go to Australia is that my brother is there and he used to tell me that life is cool over there. He used to tell me that Australia has a good education system and he really encouraged me to go there, but unfortunately I got rejected.

My dad suggested that I go to America and I didn’t feel like it because all I had in mind was Australia. One big reason I didn’t want to come to America was because I felt it’s so expensive, especially when I converted the amount of Egyptian pounds to dollars. My dad told me that he will support me financially and then I started to rethink about it. The experience is that my dad convinced me and I’m here at MCC now.

I’m sure if I didn’t come to America I would have been sitting in my country Egypt doing nothing. I really thank God for bringing me here and for giving me such a father who really cares about me. My dad promised me that he will pay all my tuition until I take my bachelor degree.

Follow up question from International Student Voice Magazine

Do you think it was a “blessing in disguise” you got rejected from the Australian embassy? 

Yes, I really feel it’s a blessing that I came to U.S after getting rejected from the Australian embassy. The reason I feel this way is because here at Metropolitan Community College (MCC), everything is provided. I have many friends here who are always by my side when I’m facing a problem or anything. I’m studying accounting at MCC and I find it easy so far. Here all instructors are very helpful and always there when needed. Some of the best features at MCC are the writing center and the math center. Those places really help a lot and are always open for students to get help. We also have an international student club which makes college life more fun for the international students. As I mentioned earlier, I’m studying accounting and I’m planning to transfer to a four-year university to get my bachelor’s’ in accounting.

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