From Syria; seeking a Undergraduate degree in Medical Chemistry and Chemical Biology and is enrolled at Jacobs University Bremen.
In 2021, I was admitted to 6 Universities in the US, Canada, UK, and now Germany. But, unfortunately I can't afford any of them! Thousands of refugees face the same dilemma every year.
Surviving the conflict that ravaged my country, Syria taught me that it doesn't matter how many times I fall. What really matters is that I get up again, more determined than before with every fall.
My name is Majd Al-Deen Khattab, from Aleppo, Syria.
My passion for chemistry began in 9th grade. My chemistry teacher opened the doors wide to magic. I embarked on this journey with the Syrian Scientific Olympiad. There, I witnessed chemical substances turn to medications. My passion for pharmacology began.
My dedication to learning, from improving my English language skills to volunteering to tutor others helped me get can an admission to Jacobs University.
I managed to stay the course despite the challenges of leaving my home and my country. I grew up with sounds of missiles, bullets, warplanes. My older two brothers left the country in order to survive. I was 10-years old when I had to stand with my father for long endless hours on line to get potable water and work to help with life expenses. I, and every Syrian kid deserve a better life which will only be made possible by getting a good education.
Why Would Donors Fund You?
I always looked for opportunities to help others. I believe that life will pay me back.
I hope to become a pharmacologist who can develop cures for ailments plaguing the world.
My goal is to decrease morbidity rates resulting from chronic illnesses. With your help, I can embark on this journey.
How Do You Plan to Payback?
Rather than waiting until I graduate and become financially able to support students, I plan to be a member at the volunteering community of EdSeed by sharing my experience with other students who have the same interests . I also hope to guide other students through their university application and proofread their essays.
Pharmacologists are the bridge between compounds-sciences and their intended result , healing.
While 28% of the population in high income countries have been vaccinated, 5% of low income countries managed to do that.
I intend to be an advocate for equity in vaccine and other vital drugs distribution. I can only do that with proper education.
Volunteer Work/Social Capital
I volunteered in AL-TA’ALOUF Pharmacy Association. We distributed and supervised providing medications to the needy in shelters.
I tutored fellow students at the chemistry Olympiad students in my city. Also, through the Mexican Olympiad team, I provided video tutorials in Arabic on YouTube to Arab students of Chemistry. I learnt a lot from this experience. In addition to acquiring skills, this encounter transformed me from a shy person to an instructor with solid communication skills.
I managed to improve my English language skills, becoming a translation quality control ( Translation Quality editor) providing feedback on translators' blogs on NASA-in-Arabic website.
What Have You Done to Improve Yourself? Awards and Achievements
I represented Syria in the Baltic Chemistry Competition (BCC 2020) and ranked 18th among 200 participants from around the world. I received an honorable mention for my outstanding performance.
I received the silver medal for the National Chemistry test in 2019.
With SYE support, I took the SATs, rPDT TOEFL, and Duolingo English Tests.
I took 12 online courses in Chemistry and Biology on the Coursera website.
I passed the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Test.
Upper-Intermediate English level by "English File" at Oxford University.
Qualified as "official chemistry coach" /Training of Trainers (TOT) course at the Syrian Trust for development.