Najmah (Star) Habeeb Y. Al Ramel - Texas Intensive English Program

Najmah (Star) Habeeb Y. Al Ramel

I am honored to be with you today for the recognition ceremony at one of the most successful English schools in the United States. Today, I will tell you three stories about my life. The first story is when I started at TIEP. I was in Level 120, and I was thinking about the highest level at TIEP which is Level 160. I asked myself, Star, when will you reach Level 160? It was as high as stars in the sky.

The second story is when I celebrated at TIEP during the recognition ceremony in the summer of 2010. There was a speaker for the ceremony who was standing at this stage where I’m now. In fact, I don’t remember his name or what he said. I couldn’t understand the half of his speech. However, I do remember how fluent he was which is the dream for every English learner. The image of respect and reverence that he deserved made me think about if I would be in his position. Then I left the ceremony with two dreams which were to make it to Level 160, and to be the speaker for a ceremony at TIEP, standing in front of you one day at this stage and telling you my story.

Beside these two stories, I have another story about a dream that I had from childhood through high school: wearing the white coat of a doctor and attending medical school was my dream when I was little. But this dream disappeared when my dad didn’t allow me to move to another city to attend medical school. After that, this dream reappeared when I received the scholarship to study English and move to the U.S.

Now, today, I have achieved all three dreams. I have finished Level 160A and Level 160B with an “A” each time. I am the speaker at this ceremony, and I was accepted for a master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut which I’m starting next month.

These three stories have all shaped me into who I am now.

I would specifically like to thank my teacher Matthew who offered me to be the speaker for the recognition ceremony twice, and having the ability to present is just what Matthew taught me for the two previous semesters. And my tutor Katie who worked with me from level 120 to level 160.

In addition, I would like to thank also my other teachers Eric, Mary, Ann, Angelique, Crystal, Gale, Brooke, John, and Dr. Simon.

In conclusion, I would say that you have to trust something: God, the future, your dreams. Whatever happens in your life, have the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off of the path. You should find what you love, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you have not found what you want yet, just keep looking and don’t give up. And your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life or someone else’s dreams.