featured scholar: Hussein AL-Ogaidi

Reisher Scholar Hussein AL-Ogaidi
Metropolitan State University of Denver

 “The Reisher Scholars Program opened a door to my future” 

Originally from Iraq, and having lived in Syria, stability and safety have not always been luxuries that Reisher Scholar Hussein AL-Ogaidi has had the benefit of enjoying. As a refugee who fled his war-torn country in 2013, Hussein is the first in his family to attend college in the United States. Hussein acknowledges that without the support of his family, his mentor Dr. Martin and the Reisher Scholars Program, he would not be able to pursue his passion.

A chemistry major at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Hussein would ultimately like to attend medical school to become a Cardiologist so he can return to his country to provide medical support to his people. When reflecting on his experience in Iraq Hussein mentioned, “I do not want anyone to feel what I felt in the war…our hearts are always there.”

While living in the United States Hussein has connected with the Denver community and serves as a math and chemistry tutor at MSU’s Tutoring Center. Hussein, his parents, and his wife are also recipients of a Habitat for Humanity home, after qualifying and each logging 200 hours toward the construction of their new house. Step by step, Hussein is creating a stable and secure life for himself and his family in the United States. While Hussein’s journey has been far from easy, he imparts optimism on all he encounters, “…nothing is impossible…be patient, work hard and step by step you will get to what you want.”

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