“I hope students continue to build our campus, taking long strides towards a stronger and more intelligent community. Building our university is the greatest learning experience.”
Yazeed Abu-Ghazaleh BSBA, Management, '18
Yazeed's Suffolk Story

This campus is a playground for risk-taking. During my time at Suffolk I was fortunate enough to be presented with challenging opportunities, such as being the marketing officer (MO) for Students for Justice in Palestine, MO for UNICEF, and public affairs officer and eventually president of Suffolk University Model United Nations.

Early on, I spent my time reaching out to student-led organizations and offering marketing services; after persisting with these efforts, I found greater and more rewarding opportunities. Every time I accepted a project or responsibility, I knew that failure was an option. I did not let the possibility of failure deter me—rather, it served as a driving force for my success. Even failure is not the end of the world, because our campus provides a safe space for this. We are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them.

The riskiest opportunity I found was at one of the career fairs hosted by Suffolk in 2016, where I had the chance to intern at a business consulting firm in Mumbai, India. After taking full advantage of this experience, I realized that if we take great risks, we yield great rewards.

I hope students continue to build our campus, taking long strides towards a stronger and more intelligent community. As someone in India told me: “if I do not grow, my organization does not grow. If my organization does not grow, I do not grow.” Building our university is the greatest learning experience. 

Yazeed Abu-Ghazaleh in his cap and gown sitting in the crowd during Commencement.

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