Illuminated Atom from Syria
By Ghaythaa Deeb
Co-founder of IFbooks 8.6.2016
After a journey that we had to the Milky Way , we come back with a handful of stardust that contains some minerals and tiny illuminated atoms , our first study showed that these elements will contribute in helping a sick blue planet to survive . We are going to put one of these illuminated atoms under IF microscope to have a close up look on it and as IF laboratories are somehow humble then our livestream will be via written words about one illuminated atom from a star called Syria .
Katia who has science in her blood and ambition in her eyes is our illuminated atom , she is now a student at Copenhagen university-Denmark studying MSc in Human Biology , however , the way from Syria to Denmark wasn’t paved with roses neither it was offered on a silver platter .Similar to thousands of international students , her story doesn’t start from receiving the acceptance letter and of course it doesn’t end with her arrival to the CPH university “I worked after I graduated from Tishreen university – Faculty of Pharmacy to support my family during the crises that is destroying our beautiful country”, Katia said . In many cases students abandoned their dreams after they graduate, especially if they’ve got a job , making their circumstances control them saying that is our destiny and we are satisfied with what we reach , though , other students like Katia never give up their dream as success doesn’t have a finishing line rather there are stages we keep going through and after passing each stage we initiate for the next one .
Therefore, she continued her job, kept applying for scholarships and prepare herself for the needed tests and after about a year she received the letter of acceptance from CPH university, “happiness overwhelmed me, I was surprised and I didn’t believe it at first, but here I am now.” The letter of acceptance wasn’t the only source of this happiness, as she was encouraged by her parents to travel and to continue her study abroad, “from an early age, my parents encouraged me to ask , to know more and to express my opinion about everything , later on their support to my decision of studying abroad was of great help to me.” This trust and the margin of freedom were very important to Katia in a society that imposes many shackles on woman’s ambitions.
When she arrived to Copenhagen university , comparison between the two universities imposed itself on Katia’s mind ” I have always wanted to study abroad ” that is because Tishreen university lacks a lot of research criteria and financial support to keep pace with scientific development . Despite the comparison isn’t so fair between the two universities but it still hurts because Syrian students deserve better education as there are many potentials in Syria but the closed doors are more than the opened ones . Furthermore , in CPH university laboratories are equipped to meet the research needs ,auditoriums , buildings , dorms are well appointed and beautifully decorated , also the teaching style & method enhancing the student’s confidence and improve their logical and critical thinking , “there is art all over the hall ways, statues and exhibition chambers for medical achievements and history, unique design and architecture that mix old and modern in a very smooth way.” These good conditions will keep the focus of the students on their study and provide them with what is needed to fulfill achievements.
Of course international students suffer from being away from their homeland, their families and their friends but being with other students who come from different countries, sharing similar interests and goals will ease this suffering. Moreover, having a noble goal will be an important factor which enables students from enduring the difficulties, at the same time this goal will be a motivation for greater achievements which will help them to fulfill personal success and satisfaction , benefit their surrounding and the humanity in general “I am now, studying what I like, getting credits for my efforts and trying to be beneficial to humanity and its development.” Katia concludes. In fact, pressure is what stardust needs to become a shiny star that lights the way for others.
Finally, you can’t throw the seeds on the ground and leave them out there expecting a full grown flower, keep walking towards your goals and remember when you really want something you will find a way and Katia is a real-life example of that. It doesn’t matter how tiny we are in this vast universe “the cosmos is within us” as Carl Sagan put it and we can always make the difference.