This event helped me to become more involved in similar events and the clubs that organize them. Based on the panel discussion, I was asked to present the same topic at the Honor Society for International Scholars’ (Phi Beta Delta) induction ceremony. My presentation was also about women in Jordan, my experience in Jordan and the challenges that I faced when I was studying electrical engineering at the University of Jordan. People often asked why I chose electrical engineering as my major since it is hard for girls to study it. My answer was that's exactly why I chose it: because it is hard and challenging and will motivate me to work hard to do well. It is hard for everyone, not just girls. I realized after my presentation that this is a universal issue, and not just for women. We all face those kinds of challenges throughout our lives, and a lot of them are just obstacles other people put in our way through lack of support, destructive criticism or misconceptions about what we can or cannot do. We just need to see those challenges as incentives to do better and not let them prevent us from achieving our goals. I hope I was able to get this point across to everyone at the ceremony.
I am now working with Phi Beta Delta to bring more people to join this great honors society. It consists of a lot of enthusiastic people who care about international students and cultures. They are really encouraging, and I am excited to be among them.
Frida Kiriakos is a Jordanian Fulbrighter pursuing an MS Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton.