Hatim Alruwaili | Nuclear Medicine Technology
Hatim Alruwaili had more to deal with than just the regular adjustments to college. He was also challenged with learning English better.
The nuclear medicine technology major from Saudi Arabia found nearly instant help interacting with others working in the Recreational Eagle Center (REC).
“With the multitude of interactions with customers, I was able to improve my English skills — one of my biggest challenges,” says Alruwaili. “My co-workers were very open-minded and understanding of the challenges I faced during the beginning of my college career. This put me on the right track, by directing my focus to other matters that helped me gain more confidence.”
Alruwaili says being a REC Sports family member has been one of the greatest opportunities he’s ever had. “It shaped me into the person I am today, related to who I am as a leader in the professional world,” he notes.
REC professional staff members have impacted him too — both in work and life matters. Particularly, he’s found a mentor in Mo McAlpine.
“With her generosity, compassion and empathy, I was able to share my ideas with her and my other colleagues without hesitation,” he says. “Mo has always been there for me.”
Alruwaili credits McAlpine for preparing him well for the professional world. “By encouraging me to get out of my comfort zone, she has taught me to be a better employee and student, which I believe is very valuable to anyone’s college experience,” he says.
Taking part in REC Sports is beneficial for both those working for the department or using their services, says Alruwaili.
“Joining the REC Sports staff is like having another family away from my family,” he explains. “Being a part of this organization also contributes greatly to my social life. The experience I gained at the REC through my co-workers is invaluable.”