Monday, February 25, 2013

FBI special agent-Gamal Abdel-Hafiz


On Friday, February 22nd, The University of Tyler was honored to have a FBI special agent Gamal Abdel-Hafiz to share his experience as the first Muslim FBI officer.

As a first Muslim agent, he has faced a lot of obstacles through out his career, but his determination, his honesty, and his willing to protect his country helped him to come this far.

His speech included the following elements about his personal experience:
- rights of students (especially foreign students)
- understanding the FBI's mission
- His role as a FBI officer
- His role as a human being.

As a Muslim student, his speech was the most memorable experience of my life. Not only I learned the importance of education in one's life, but also the importance of human rights. Everyone is capable of fulfilling their dreams, but how you persuade yourself is very important when climbing the ladder of life. And that is a major factor for me personally as a Muslim in United States.

Throughout his speech, Gamal Abdel-Hafiz basically cleared out the misunderstandings of why foreign students are treated differently. His understanding of a human nature and his determination to persuade many students in universities makes him the person he is today.

It was an excellent lesson for everyone who showed their support to him on Friday at UC theater. And special thanks to UT Tyler Muslim Students' Association (MSA) for giving the University such a wonderful experience.


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