As an international student, Abdulaziz Basharaheel faced a language barrier and needed to adjust to a different educational culture while earning his bachelor’s in engineering technology at UW-Stout. But through hard work, Basharaheel crossed the commencement stage on Dec. 17.
“Abdulaziz is one of the most hard-working students I have had the privilege of teaching,” said Associate Professor Kenan Baltaci. “Being an international student is tough. Adjusting to a new culture, learning a new language and living far from family were challenging for him, but he persevered.
“Throughout the years, he consistently received high grades on his assignments and exams. He was always willing to ask questions in class to ensure he fully understood the material. He also frequently helped other students struggling with the concepts and experiments,” Baltaci added.
Basharaheel plans to start his career in a multinational company, but first “I am planning to take a break to travel with my family. At the same time, I will be looking for a job to gain experience. I have had multiple interviews already across the state,” he said.
He is also considering returning to school for his master’s degree.
How has Stout prepared you to work in your field?
The college experience absolutely has prepared me for my career. I felt I was taught useful information. In my junior and senior years, I took a series of courses on Electrical Instrumentation. I was intrigued. I contacted my adviser on how best to structure my remaining college education to enter that field upon graduation.
After a series of discussions and more in-depth checking about curricula and syllabuses, I added a minor in computer science to gain more knowledge in coding, electrical, electronics and math. This required a double session of summer school and carrying extra credit hours, but I was able to graduate with a B.S. and minor in five years.
I received the education I required to begin a rewarding career.