Amer El Absi

Lebanese University
Arabic Language and Literature
Syrian living in Lebanon

Amer, 26 years old from Syria, living in Lebanon since 2012.Master’s in Arabic Language and Literature with the support of a HOPES scholarship funded by the EU through the ‘EU Madad Fund’ at the Lebanese University

“I am almost 27 years old, single because of the harsh circumstances and living conditions, far away from my nation, family and friends. Here, I am alone, far from my parents whom I have not seen since I left in 2012. I am always worried about them because of the situation in Idleb, especially in Jabal Al Zawiya where my village is located. However, I did not give up, but rather persisted and did my best to continue and fought anyone who stood in front of me. I have known all the difficulties every Syrian young man would face, especially financial issues with high rental fees and too little job opportunities. Also, we have no resources to support us in pursing our studies. However, our success was born from the womb of the war. I am about to start my Doctoral thesis in Arabic Language despite all the difficulties. I chose this field of studies because I love and am passionate about the Arabic language, my mother tongue and the main and first language in Syria. During the last 3 years I was able to accomplish a Master’s Degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the Lebanese University as well a Teaching Certificate in Middle School Education from the American University of Beirut and a certificate of Participation and Completion in Education Supervision from the International Academy for Skills Building also the Think outside the box – LIU Business Innovation and Leadership for the Nawaya Network. I was also able to volunteer with Caritas to support children in the education field. No matter what I say, I will never find the right words to describe how HOPES supported me and helped me continue my academic career, so I could return to my country one day and build it with solid foundations. Currently I am looking for a scholarship to continue my academic career and prepare for my Doctoral thesis. To all students I say, don’t give up, keep going no matter what, for tomorrow holds happiness and joy, and no sadness or tear lasts. Persevere and work hard, because your place at the top awaits you.”

By Amer El Absi