Degree: Master of Science in Chemistry
Hometown: Qatif City, Saudi Arabia
High School and/or Previous Academic Institution: I got my bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Murray State University in December 2016.
Throughout his time at Murray State, Mustafa Alhussain, a graduate student from Qatif City, Saudi Arabia has taken full advantage of the opportunities afforded to him at the University through graduate research and a teaching assistantship in the chemistry department. This is his story.
Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?
Dr. Kevin Revell is one of the people who has influenced me greatly. I have not had him as a teacher, but he is always there if I need any help. He is always positive and supportive.
What first sparked your interest in your chosen career field?
I was not a chemistry major when I came to Murray State. In my second semester, I took a chemistry class where I found my passion for the field.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, my plan is to go back home to Saudi Arabia to spend time with my family and work in one of the oil companies.
Why did you decide to attend Murray State?
I chose Murray State for many reasons, but the most important one was because Murray State has one of the safest campuses in the United States.
Who is one of your favorite professors and why?
My favorite professor is Dr. Daniel Johnson. He is always positive and friendly, and his teaching style helps me easily understand hard concepts.
What is something you’ve accomplished at Murray State that you’re most proud to have done?
I have worked as a teacher’s assistant in the chemistry department for six semesters, which has allowed me to gain a significant amount of experience outside of the classroom. I have also been able to work with Dr. Daniel Johnson on a research project for the past three years, and now we are in the final stages.
What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?
What sets Murray State apart is the friendliness of the people who live and work here. I came to Murray in 2012, and today I consider this place my second home. Even when I move back to Saudi Arabia, I want to come back and visit Murray State.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
My advice would be to build relationships with professors because you can always learn from their experience. Secondly, I would tell American students to meet international students to learn more about cultures from across the globe.