My name is Hammam Abdelrazig, I’m British Sudanese and I graduated from GEMS World Academy in 2018 after 10 years at the school. I am currently in my third and final year of my law degree at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Being a part of GEMS World Academy gave me, not only the guarantee of high level academic achievements and education, but more importantly, the vital personal skills necessary to easily maneuver the hardships of life after school and university. The way the International Baccalaureate programme was taught ensured that I was able to dive into my first year of university and adjust to the workload and quality demands of university seamlessly; almost as if I was going into Grade 13 rather than a completely foreign experience.
With GEMS World Academy - Dubai, I instantly felt a sense of community and family which carried on throughout my 10 years at the school. I have been fortunate enough to have met the most amazing friends who I know I will be in touch with, and close to, forever as they have always pushed me to be my best and given me endless memories.
Being an international school with countless nationalities, the Academy has really helped me open my mind and become more accepting of others, which goes a long way in a world that seems to be filled with quite a lot of the opposite. It goes without saying however that none of this would be possible without the amazing teachers, staff and management. I was lucky enough to have the greatest teachers for all of my subjects in the Diploma Programme that made, what was supposed to be a highly stressful and brakeless two years, into a rather simplified and insanely enjoyable two years and I could never thank them enough for that (most definitely including my advisory teacher Mrs. Laure Flynn).
I would like to give a special shoutout firstly to Mrs. Rania Hussein. Mrs. Hussein transcended just being the best teacher I have ever had to also being one of the most amazing friends I’ve ever had. Going into school every day and knowing Mrs. Hussein was there gave just about everyone an extra level of comfort each day and without her, myself, as well as many of my peers, would not be the great people and students we are today.I was one of the lucky students to have Mrs. Hussein since the 10th grade. We still stay in touch to this day and I look forward to each time an opportunity to meet up arises. She’s a legend in every sense of the word. I would also like to give a shout-out to Mr. Waseem Alawneh. Much like Mrs. Hussein, Mr. Waseem was never just a teacher to me but also a very close friend. Mr. Waseem has mentored me through endless situations since he came to the Academy and he really is one of the first people I go to for just about anything, whether it be good news or bad news. Seeing Mr. Waseem walking down a hallway in the Academy towards you just radiating positive energy puts a smile on anyone’s face. Staying in touch with Mr. Waseem on a regular basis has been so simple as well, as he always makes sure to check up on me. I thoroughly enjoyed all the deep and meaningful conversations we’ve had, and can’t wait for those that we will have.