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HM The Sultan Arrives in Kuwait

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UAE President holds dinner banquet at Qasr Al Watan in honour of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq

UAE President receives Sultan of Oman upon arrival in UAE on state visit

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POPS Supervisory Committee Holds First Meeting in 2024

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“Ooredoo Oman Welcomes Khawla Al-Amiri as Chief People Officer, Reinforcing Commitment to Local Leadership Empowerment”

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HM The Sultan Issues Two Royal Decrees

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HM The Sultan Offers Condolences on the Death of Kuwaiti Emir

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First Muscat Dialogue Sessions Begin

Oman and Switzerland Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation with Multiple Memoranda of Understanding

Empowering Coastal Women in Oman: “Mina” Project Unveiled

Information Minister Affirms Keenness to Strengthen Communication with International Media Institutions

“Oman’s Education and Innovation Drive: Sultan Haitham’s Vision”

UAE Space Agency launches National Space Academy to develop national cadres

HM The Sultan Presides over 8th Term Convening of Council of Oman

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HM The Sultan Issues 2 Royal Decrees

Interior Minister visits Operations Chamber of Shura Council Elections

Omanis Cast Ballots for Shura Council’s 10th Term Membership

“Navigating Talent Challenges in Oman’s Telecom Sector”

“Bank Merger in Oman: A Human Resources Transformation Story”

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HM The Sultan Receives Ambassadors’ Credentials

“Empowering Omani Women: A Message of Hope and Progress”

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HH Sayyid Bilarab Chairs Meeting of Omani Startups’ Supervisory Committee

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Omani Woman: Clear Vision & Remarkable Achievements

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“Future-Proofing Your Career: Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s Job Market”

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Saudi Oil Giant Aramco Announces $121 Billion Profit in 2023

Tender Board Signs Agreements with Karwa Motors on Government Procurement, School Bus Purchase

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His Majesty Exchanges Ramadan Greetings With Arab, Islamic Leaders

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QCB Launches ‘FAWRAN’ Instant Payment Service

National Development Fund Partners with World Economic Forum

Qatar Chairs 49th Meeting of GCC Standing Committee for Combating Harmful Practices in International Trade

Saudi Arabia’s Air Connectivity Program Signs Deal with Eurowings to Enhance Air Connectivity between Saudi Arabia and the EU

HM King presented unique development model: Omani Ambassador

July 14, 2024

New worlds, new selves: How much will studying abroad change you?

KUWAIT: Visiting a foreign country for a vacation is enjoyable as long as you know that it’s just a couple of days and you’ll be returning home. But what if those days turn into months, the months into years, and before you know it, that unfamiliar place becomes your new home? “It didn’t sink in until I arrived at the airport. As soon as my parents left, I realized that I am actually on my own,” Alaa Hassan, 23, said, as she departed to Canada five years ago to study engineering. At first, the challenges were as simple as not knowing how a washing machine works.

With time, the hurdles grew, forcing her to pass through prolonged stress and multiple breakdowns. As it was her first time out of Kuwait, she said, “It was a new life, new people, new system, and new everything. I reached a point where I had to fight battles that my parents knew nothing about.” But it’s the kind of stress that made her grow to become “emotionally resilient,” as she said. One simple instance is when she had to independently move from her apartment seven different times and manage the hassle of that hectic process every single time.

“I used to feel disappointed that everyone in my neighborhood had their family around, helping them in packing and transferring their stuff,” she added. By the end of her journey, Hassan was surprised to find that she had the capacity to endure more than she ever thought she could. Even though she was never a multitasker, in her last college year, she said that she could handle working in five different roles along with her studying.

For Soha Kassab, traveling to the UK two years ago for English language study was more of a “self-searching experience than it was just for the sake of getting a degree. We are a lot stronger than we think we are,” she said. At first, maintaining self-discipline without the supervision or guidance of her parents was the most intimidating thing for her. “I was scared I might not be able to take care of myself the way my parents did,” Kassab said.

She suddenly found herself the one in control of feeding herself, setting her own curfew, waking herself up on time, and most importantly, making sure to remain safe. Kassab equally had the fear of not blending in with the new world she became part of. “Because I am visibly Muslim and different from most of the people living in the UK, I had a fear that I wouldn’t be accepted, or I wouldn’t find my group of people so easily,” Kassab added, referring to her headscarf, which made her identity very easily revealed.

However, by time, she reached a new understanding. “I stopped caring about fitting in anymore,” she said, realizing that the best approach to standing out was to simply be herself. “The same things that made me scared of looking different are now the same things that I hold on to so tightly, because they make me proud.” This even reflected on her perception of her mother tongue, as she added, “Everyone here seemed to be so proud of their language, which made me motivated to develop my Arabic language skills because it’s a huge part of who I am.”

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