Meet the Global Ambassadors: Abdul Razaq Al Balushi

Abdul is a junior majoring in environmental engineering.

Where are you from?

I am from Sohar, Oman.

Have you ever traveled abroad? If so, where?

I have traveled to the United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Canada, and Mexico.

In your opinion, what is the best way for students to engage globally at NC State?

Personally, I think the key to being engaged globally at NC State is to surround yourself with open-minded people who don’t mind to explore new things such as new events that could be the way to open your mind to a new culture. Also, it is very essential to interact with the global office and the Office of International Services as they plan amazing events with an international focus.

Besides being a Global Ambassador, are you involved with any student organizations, work opportunities or volunteering that have a strong international focus?

In my first year here at NC State after I transferred from Cal State LA, I tried to engage with the international community at NC State by being a member of many clubs such as Arab Student Organization and the Egyptian Student Association. Also, I took an alternative fall break that was organized by Leadership and Civic Engagement and Office of International Services to Washington D.C., which was an amazing opportunity. This year I am a Service Coordinator for the Omani Student Association.

Why is global learning important to you?

In today’s world, it is very fundamental to get to know other nations’ cultures because of globalization and how easy it is to connect to anyone on this planet. Also, it is FUN.

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