Immigrant Turns to TNCC to Jumpstart Medical Career

Published: May 22, 2013

When Wessam Wasef moved from Egypt to the United States with his parents and younger brother in 2007, he knew he would be exposed to immeasurable advantages. Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has helped Wasef realize some of those opportunities. The aspiring neurosurgeon turned to TNCC in fall 2012 for the educational foundation that will allow him to follow the career path of his father, who was a cardiologist in Egypt for 28 years.

After just one year at Thomas Nelson, Wasef was accepted to Christopher Newport University (CNU) where he will study cell biology. He credits TNCC for preparing him for his educational journey at CNU. “Thomas Nelson… made me an outstanding student that other four-year universities want,” Wasef said.

Wasef admits that he struggled to adjust to the U.S. as a young teen. He faced a language barrier and had to quickly become acclimated to public education at Hampton High School after years of private schooling. Despite the struggle, his parents and girlfriend inspired him to continue his education. The year he spent at TNCC has given him the confidence he needs to excel in higher education. “[TNCC] changed my life because it made [me] shine. I made sure I was good in every subject and instructors provided me with all that I [needed] in order to achieve that,” he said.

Wasef credits several TNCC faculty and staff for his success, including Assistant Professor of Math Alberto Edradan. “[Mr. Edradan] had a great impact on me because he kept pushing me to be on top of his class. He also kept telling me how one day I will change the world,” Wasef said.

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