As Abdullah interacted with American soldiers, including a captain who suggested he consider emigrating, and took to heart his father’s recommendation to explore Western cultures, he began to dream of a future in the U.S.
“I like the environment. I see the smiles everywhere. I have found open arms at Stout — they have embraced me,” he said.
After taking a summer course in Quality Management, Abdullah has two courses this fall, Project Management and Introduction to Financial Accounting. He is taking the courses virtually; the program is available online and on campus..
He also continues to work full time at the Fleet Farm Distribution center in Chippewa Falls, where he has worked since arriving in the U.S. in 2019. He chose that city initially to be near a friend from Iraq.