"You are not required to be the best, but you are required to keep going on and to do your best." Believing this motto, Samah Al-Khateeb, a student in the Department of English Language and Literature, eagerly started her journey to achieve her goals regardless of all obstacles she faced along the way. She finished her high school, scientific stream, and scored 80% even though she was forced to join the scientific stream. At that moment, she promised herself to refuse and resist doing things she is forced to do. Hence, she insisted on majoring in English Language and Literature at Yarmouk University, her dream, resisting and challenging all those who tried in vain to kill her dream. In the university, she did not want to be just an average student spending her free time without using it properly. She joined university clubs and participated in many extracurricular activities and courses held by the Deanship of Students' Affairs. This encouraged her to join and to be part of community service as a volunteer in many civil societies where she helped establish educational, cultural, and communal projects.   

After 4 years working in this field, she is now an administrative member in Leaders of Life Foundation and the Founder of "Abjadiyat" initiative which is concerned with Arabic, heritage and poetry evenings. In fact, her deep love for Arabic Literature led her to this initiative. She is doing her best and is investing her time and energy to develop this initiative. As a literary writer, Samah has participated in so many literary events along with famous writers. The secret of this success is that she has specified some of her free time for reading: monthly, she reads a book in her major, another book in Arabic Literature, and another one in another discipline. She always attends extracurricular courses that have to do with improving her personal skills such as communication skills, recital skills, improvisational skills, and management skills. She has over 200 training hours in various fields. 

As she always dreamed, Samah is about to graduate from the Department of English Language and Literature, Yarmouk University. Plus, as she is preparing for her graduation, Samah is about publish her first novel and

Dr. Ayat Jebril Nashwan is an Assistant Professor and Social Work Diploma Coordinator with the Sociology and Social Work Department at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Dr. Nashwan is the first Jordanian person to earn a PhD in Social Work from a U.S. institution in the history of Jordan. Dr. Nashwan is proud to have studied at the UT College of Social Work. Dr. Nashwan came to the United States in 2011 prepared with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Jordan. At the College of Social Work in Knoxville she earned her PhD in Social Work where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Stan Bowie who chaired her dissertation committee. Her dissertation title is: Acculturative Stress and Social Support among Immigrant Arab American Adolescents in East Tennessee. After returning to Jordan, Dr. Nashwan joined the faculty at Yarmouk University where she initiated a professional social work diploma in partnership with Common Bond Institute and Michigan State University. Her most recent endeavors have included offering training entitled "English for Social Workers." The main goal for this training is to give the Jordanian students who study their program in Arabic some communication skills and terminology for social work in English so they can have better opportunity to work with International organizations that work in Jordan with refugees. In addition, Dr. Nashwan has been translating social work texts from English to Arabic for Jordanian students who cannot access and benefit from important information due to language barriers. Dr. Nashwan's most recent publication was a book chapter in Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families: Culturally Responsive Practice entitled Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families. She has continued to collaborate with colleagues from the UT College of Social Work, at times using video-conferencing applications to present at conferences in the United States. Ayat Nashwan is a founding member of The Jordanian Association of Social Work.

http://www.csw.utk.edu/about/75-grand-challenge.htm#Nashwan

Nadia AlAbdallah is a student from the Department of English Language and Literature . She chose to major in English Language and Literature to gain further experience with her hobby, drawing . She loves drawing since childhood; she began to develop this talent since the age of fifteen. Her first participation in an exhibition of Fine Art was when she was going to junior-high school. Then, she got admitted at the university majoring in English. She wanted to graduate from her college loaded with achievements and successes at all levels, whether academic or extracurricular. Nadia now is in the last stage of her college life, and she has achieved what she has aspired to . She was able to strile a balance between her academic studies and her hobbies. Academically , she has got a very good grade and has gained considerable experience while studying for her major. In those four years, she has got involved in nearly ten exhibitions of plastic arts . Some were at Yarmouk University and others were in difference cities and colleges here in Jrodan. She got three certificates of participation from different Jordanian universities as a representative of Yarmouk University , and also training certificate in some techniques of painting . She will graduate from university now but she still keeps and works on her amabition to be a professional artist and to share her works with the whole world. She is very proud of be referred to as "this artist is from Jordan."

 

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