Studying at Texas A&M University was really challenging, but nothing I was not prepared for. The AUIS engineering program equipped me with the necessary courses not only to continue with a master's program, but also to compete with my peers in the United States and graduate with a 4.0 GPA. I have published two journal papers and working on two more at the moment, for graduate school is all about research. It has been a great two years of learning, and I am grateful for all the help and support I got from my family and friends in Iraq. I am now planning to get further training relevant to my field to advance my career. I am proud to represent Iraqi youth here in the United States, which reiterates that Iraqis are capable of great achievements even under the difficult times that our country is going through. Education is key to success, and I am proud to have graduated from The American University in Iraq, Sulaimani, where all that matters is being a hardworking student; not how rich you are or which part of the country you come from; and my story is a great example of that. I encourage all my Iraqi peers to join AUIS for it is a beacon of knowledge in Iraq which will allow you to learn today to lead tomorrow! Photos provided by Aws al-Nuaimi.