Natalie Mosby and Osamah Abyadh meet once a week and discuss everything. The topics range from how to navigate around campus to coursework to how to register for classes to our seemingly endless winters. They are strangers from different sides of the world brought together by the Scholar to Scholar Mentor program. “It’s helped me a lot to do this,” said Abyadh. “I will do it again if I have the chance.”
Abyadh is a native of Iraq who came to the United States just in time to start taking classes in the spring 2016 semester. His dream is to become a civil engineer. Mosby is from the hamlet of Memphis, located just inside the western edge of Onondaga County. She’s a Mathematics & Science major with a focus on Chemistry.
Mosby and Abyadh were brought together by the new Scholar to Scholar Mentor program. It pairs up a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa with a student in Reading 087. It’s up to the students to make the most of the opportunity.
“We enjoy meeting every week,” said Mosby. “I feel like I’ve learned more from him than he’s learned from me. I ask him a lot of questions about the different cultures he’s been a part of.” “She helps me with many things,” Abyadh added. “Whenever I have problems she helps.”
The Scholar to Scholar Mentor program is the creation of Christopher Son, a Phi Theta Kappa member who earned his degree from OCC in December 2016. Son came to OCC with his GED and started by taking developmental classes. Through hard work and determination he became an outstanding student.