The Texas Story Project.
Haifa Almusaad was one of the first people I met here in San Antonio. Mrs. Almusaad is a very nice lady, smart, caring, helpful person. She is a mother of two smart kids and a wife of a wonderful husband. Mrs. Almusaad is from Riyadh city which is the capital of my home country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is a faculty member at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. She taught English as one of the primary courses for female freshmen who were seeking their academic degrees in Medicine, Nursing, and Applied sciences.
Mrs. Almusaad decided to move to San Antonio when she received a scholarship from her university. She selected San Antonio to pursue her higher education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She completed her master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, and now, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. She chose San Antonio because she did an online search for a beautiful big city that is best for family-living, rich in cultural diversity, and similar to the weather in our country. She said San Antonio has become the second home for her, which will make her recommend the city to her students when she go back to Saudi Arabia.
Mrs. Almusaad said that she enjoyed the differences between cultures that made her curious and mindfully cross-cultural. She perceives differences as opportunities that enable people to explore, learn, and develop critical communicative skills in this global era. And she said, San Antonio introduces its visitors to different cultures, ethnicities, religions, and languages. San Antonio attracts tourists to its River Walk, restaurants, Hispanic cultures, Six Flags Fiesta, SeaWorld, and occasional festivals of local cultures. And the location of San Antonio in the hill country of Texas enables people to reach famous cities in Texas such as Austin, Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, and Dallas. Besides, San Antonio is comfortable, moderate traffic, safe, and entertaining where families can afford the prices of the available amenities and enjoy their life or visit.
As an international person, I always feel welcomed and receive good services everywhere, e.g. in school, hospitals, government/city offices, airport, and places of entertainment. San Antonio doesn't have any weather crises as in other states. There is no concern about floods, hurricanes, severe low-temperatures, or snow. Mrs. Almusaad talked about her happiest moments in San Antonio. She said, these are when she has moments in the hills and in natural parks by trees, rivers, birds, and deer, and when she visits museums and attends cultural events.
In the end, Mrs. Almusaad said, she is enjoying living here in San Antonio, and would say her biggest concern is when she leaves San Antonio forever. She will be miss this city and its people so much.
Fatimah Alotaibi is a St. Mary's undergraduate majoring in exercise and sport science. He is an international student from Saudi Arabia.
Posted April 19, 2019