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Thirteen students from the American University of Sharjah won the Government of Sharjah Awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Achievements. Each student received Dh7,000 from Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

  • By Reema Saffarini, Notes Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 10, 2007
  • Notes

Students from the American University of Sharjah are awarded Dh7,000 for academic excellence. talks to them

Thirteen students from the American University of Sharjah won the Government of Sharjah Awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Achievements. Each student received Dh7,000 from Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

They were honoured for their exceptional academic record and extracurricular activities. Notes spoke to some of the winners who graduated recently about their university experience, future plans and what they are planning to do with the money!

Name: Sultan Sindi
Major: Business and management
Honours: Cum Laude

"I am currently working in an investment company as a financial analyst.

"I have learned a lot from my experience at university. I am applying many of the things I learned there. It was a lot of hard work but in the end it paid off."

What are you going to do with your award money: "I am planning to save now… Well no comment!"

Name: Arina Chandru Gidwani
Major: English literature
Honours: Summa Cum Laude
Extracurricular activities: Treasurer, editor and president of student literary magazine, Realms, through the years. Also, teaching assistant at the maths and statistics department at AUS.

"To describe my experience at university in one word — rewarding! I have graduated within three years. I am now planning to apply to go to law school in the United States.

I have applied to 16 universities. So far I got a response from the University of Michigan Law School. I have been planning to go into law since I was 10 years old. I needed a bachelor degree so I took it in literature, which I have loved since high school.

" I am leaving for Bombay where where i will work with Akanksha, a non profit organisation, for six weeks. I will be teaching street children English, Art, and basic computer skills. The goal is to help build in each child a strong."
The money: "I am hoping to give it to charity after I buy my parents a present. This cheque was a big bonus and I think it's important to give back to the community and to charity."

Name: Nessrine Nabil Al Zahlawi
Major: Environmental science
Honours: Summa Cum Laude
Extracurricular activities: Executive assistant for the Student Environmental Club and treasurer for the Student Syrian Club.

"I definitely feel ready to face the real word. Even during my college days, I had to go for internships and I must say I was a bit disappointed… I think you cannot expect a lot still from the environmental sector because it's just starting.
"I am currently looking for a job, but next week I will be going to the Dominican Republic for a four-week volunteer job at an ecological reserve. I want to do it before I start working.
"I know so many environmental science graduates who ended up taking jobs not within their field, but I am hoping to find a job I like. Maybe go for a master's degree later on."

The money: "It's in the bank right now. I am hoping to organise a trip for my parents as a gift for their 25th wedding anniversary. Hopefully somewhere close though!"

Name: Rola Dayfallah
Major: Chemical Engineering
Honours: Summa Cum Laude

"Before coming to AUS I was studying in Canada. It was a bit hard to get used to the system here in Sharjah… it was challenging. Classes, for example, were smaller, but in the end this proved to be very good because it allowed more interaction between the professor and the students.
"I am now expecting and in my eight month; so I am not planning to work at the moment. I am just going to take some time off. I mean I have been studying my whole life, now I need a break! "But I feel that if I am to start working, I am ready to face any challenges. I feel confident."

The money: "I am going to add it to my savings. Maybe give myself and the baby a treat!"

Name: Ammar Sajwani
Major: Electrical Engineering
Honours: Magna Cum Laude
Extracurricular activities: Public relations officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch and president of the Students UAE Club.

"The University environment is full of opportunities, but it's important for students to define their priorities. You can always meet new people, enjoy extracurricular activities… I think what matters the most is time management and planning your time.
I am looking for a job now and I am hoping to pursue my graduate studies at a later stage… possibly in marketing.
"I am confident about the future and I know after all of the hard work I can face any challenge."

The money: "Save it and maybe build on that."

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