Abeer Alziadi

Abeer Alziadi has been able to adapt to her surroundings and achieve excellence wherever she’s been. Alziadi was born in Yemen and moved to the United States when she was 3 years old. Her family, which includes her parents and six siblings, settled in New York City.

Two months into her senior year of high school her family moved to Syracuse. Alziadi walked in the door at Henninger High School and found a friend in counselor Marinda Williams. “She helped me with everything. She helped me find my classes, she helped me learn which bus to take. I would have been lost without her.”

In June 2012 Alziadi became the first member of her family to earn a high school diploma. Thanks in large part to On Point for College, a resource Williams had told her about, Alziadi got the assistance she needed to apply and pay for college. Two months after graduating from high school Alziadi began taking classes at OCC.

Alziadi was at her third school in less than a year and in need of guidance. She found it in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) located on the first floor of the Gordon Student Center. “My first semester I lived in the EOP office. Whenever I needed help there was always someone available. My time in the EOP office really impacted my grades in a positive way. It was where I was most comfortable.”

In December 2014 Alziadi earned her degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. She stayed at OCC for the spring 2015 semester and is taking four classes which will transfer with her to Syracuse University. Alziadi will major in Social Work as she continues to be inspired by the kindness of Williams who was her guiding light at Henninger. “Every minute I spent with her was so precious. I want to help people the way she helped me.”

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