Seddik Halabi, 33, moved from his home in Morocco to Oklahoma in 2001.
“I chose Oklahoma after doing extensive research on the cost of living and schooling,” Halabi said.
Halabi first majored in management information studies at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“I didn’t like dealing with the cost and classes there [at UCO],” Halabi said.
Halabi said you can tell the difference between UCO and OCCC.
So he transferred to OCCC.
“People care about you as an individual here.” he said.
Once Halabi transferred to OCCC, he did research on the major that would provide him a decent salary and good job security after graduation.
“I became a petroleum engineering major,” Halabi said.
According to Halabi, OCCC’s Engineering Club and Student Life have scheduled speakers in the past who have spoken oncampus about his field of study.
“They help out because I know what I’m fixing to face [when I transfer],” Halabi said.
Halabi plans on graduating from OCCC in December.
He said he will continue his education at the University of Oklahoma.
Halabi said the one thing he misses from back home in Morocco is his family.
“In Morocco, love is a day to day thing. People are genuine about others,” Halabi said.
He said he has hopes to eventually move back to Morocco, but is unsure if it will happen.
“I have an American wife and her family here,” Halabi said.
“Picking up everything and moving her and my son would not be fair,” he said.
“We are talking about possibly moving to Europe at some point, a good central location.”
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. has lived up to Halabi’s expectations.
“The U.S. is a great country,” he said. “It has given me many opportunities – a life of my own with a house and family.”
Halabi said he appreciates life in this country which he calls home.
“You can always find people who respect you for you.”
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