Students come in all shapes, sizes, races, and ethnicities, and have a wide variety of hopes and dreams. Recognizing this, Clayton State University welcomes and embraces student diversity in all its glory.
Ahmed Alhussain is not only a Laker community member and Smyrna, Ga., resident, but also a citizen of Saudi Arabia. He is a graduate student, hoping to graduate from Clayton State this summer with a Masters in Health Administration.
“The graduate program at Clayton State fits my needs; having a strong curriculum and being closer to my family,” states Alhussain.
He explains that a major difference between university life at home and the U.S. is American universities offer the opportunity to build good and close relationships between students, professors, and staff.
Alhussain recently received admission into the University of South Carolina Health Administration Ph.D. program. His ultimate goal is help develop the healthcare system of his home country, “from my view, our healthcare system will improve if we improve our knowledge.”
With more than 70,000 Saudi students enrolled in American universities through Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Mission to the U.S.A. (SACM), Alhussain believes this is a good opportunity to improve Saudi healthcare services, and other related fields.
Along with having a wife, who is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University, and a three-year-old daughter, Alhussain also has an internship at Hands of Mercy Hospice as a part of his graduate project. He is also well connected to other Clayton State Saudi students -- 18 in total.
When asked what he misses about home, Alhussain admitted to missing his family the most, “I have a big family and a strong relationship with them.” He also misses mosque, “In Saudi Arabia there are mosque at every corner and I can attend every prayer. Here, the mosque is far away from my home.”
Alhussain loves to read, especially leadership related text. His favorite Saudi dish is Kapsa (rice and meat), but he loves American fast food like Chick-fil-A. His favorite phrase in Arabic is الحياة حلوة بس نفهمها = “Life is Good, but you have to understand it.”