“I have been living in Oklahoma since 2013. It feels like home here. The people are so nice and kind.”
Jumanah Alkhanizi is a junior finance major here at Southern Nazarene University getting ready for her senior year.
After a week of being married, Jumanah and her husband made the big move to Edmond, OK. Her husband was studying at the University of Central Oklahoma. During this time, Jumanah enrolled into a school that teaches internationals English.
“I was preparing for a test that was going to allow me to go to UCO if I passed it. After a year I got my results back and they said I passed. So I had everything ready to go for UCO; I was accepted, I got my ID and I had just received my I20.”
However, in a split second everything that they had planned changed. She was no longer able to attend UCO, and all the hard work she dedicated was gone.
The next plan was to begin searching for schools that she and her husband were going to be able to be together. After searching and searching, she came across SNU.
Although it wouldn’t have been their first choice, it was the best for them during this transition period.
“I feel like I am blessed. You know when you feel like God has done something specifically for you? That is how I felt,” says Jumanah. “I know that I would have never been this happy about my school If I was studying at UCO.”
One of the things that she adores about SNU is the small community. She realizes now that if she had ended up studying at UCO (where the Saudi student population is high), she would have never been exposed to the American people and culture that is here.
“Jumanah has been a dear friend of mine for 3 years. She is incredibly kind, she loves so much and she is one of the most generous people I have had the privilege of knowing at SNU. She is a great student, friend, wife and (soon to be) mother! I can’t wait to see where life takes her” says Hannah Sparks, a soon to be graduate this May.
Jumanah and her husband are getting ready to welcome their baby girl, Lara, into the world in August. She will be graduating in May of 2019 and will make the big move back to Saudi Arabia during that time. I believe most would agree with me when I say that Jumanah is a joy to be around.
(Photo by Lizette Casas)