A Story Of NYU Abu Dhabi
I’m Abdulla Almarzooqi; I’m 18 years old. I grew up in Dubai. I have one older sibling, 21, and a junior at the American University of Sharjah. From kindergarten until 10th grade, I was in a private school, but it was, like, more than 90 percent locals, so I was in an all-boys school. now I wasn’t exposed to much diversity. In 11th grade, I moved to an international high school, there are more than 100 nationalities, so it’s a big transition.
I believe it prepared me for college very well. Everyone, I asked pretty much in my family told me that university was the best time of their life, so I am was really looking forward to it, and I wanted to be perfect. I wanted to be different, as well. I didn’t want it to be something like school, you know. So, I applied abroad in many places, including the UK and the US.
I believe I come to NYU because it gave me the best of the two worlds. Am get to be close to family but not that close. I live independently in Abu Dhabi, a new city for me. And also, I get numerous opportunities to travel around the world. My mom didn’t want me to go very far. My father did; he was like, “let him go, let him just go out there and see what life is like.” My biggest inspiration, I’d have to say Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid.
My father and what I specifically see in my father are, like, I admire his dedication. He spent, like, as of this year, 37 years in the military. He joined the army when he was in 6th grade, entered the military school. He’s now a general in the Air Force, so I just admire this dedication. I’m considering a career, hopefully in finance or the government sector probably.
Somewhere where policymaking, cause I want to be more involved with the community. Maybe the transition from the private school to international this was tough for me, and I do believe I made the most out of my two years at the international high school, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to, you know, really make the most out of my experience here, socialize, go out, and make connections with people and really engage with the community.