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Meet Khalid, a 23-year-old mechatronics student from Oman doing his bachelor’s at Fontys University of Applied Sciences and his minor with Fontys Pulsed. Khalid came to the region thanks to a scholarship, but it’s here to stay. Khalid finds Brainport Eindhoven the best place to develop himself and his new home away from home. Keep reading to discover more of his story and why Brainport Eindhoven is more than just one of the biggest tech regions in the world.
Home, for me, is not the place you were born or where you are originally from. That's basically, I think, the old mindset of some people. And I don't think that's true because what really matters for me in my home is to have peace of mind and comfort and that the values of the environment I am in align with mine.
I am very ambitious and have dreams and aspirations that I want to achieve, and the best environment for me is in the Netherlands and in Eindhoven. As a student doing my bachelor's in mechatronics engineering, I am in one of the world's biggest technological places, and my country does not offer me the same opportunities.
I also notice that people here are really supportive. They really support you with your dreams, or when you have an idea, they are open to discussion. They would like to know more. I appreciate actually making an effort and doing it out of passion. And that's really obvious in the environment of Eindhoven. It's really sustainable for the mind, for the dreams, and for the goals.
The scholarship I came with was given to multiple people, and I met someone from the same country with the same major starting the same year as me. And I met my best friend who has a similar journey. He's Jordanian, doing the same major as me, he's really smart, and really loves the region as well, and he would also like to stay here.
I have a story with the police that I think will give people an idea of the environment here. Basically, it was one of my first days here, and I was cycling, trying to navigate to a restaurant to meet a friend. And it was night, and I was using Google Maps on my bicycle. Suddenly someone told me to stop, and I turned my back. It's 2 police officers on bicycles wearing blue. I was kind of scared, but they looked friendly. They started talking to me in Dutch, and I said, "I don't speak Dutch. I speak English." Then they started explaining in English that I was not supposed to be on my phone while cycling, and I told them that I was sorry and didn't know. And they let it slide because they could see I don't speak Dutch. And I was like, WOW! the police are friendly here. Looking back, it's funny, but I learned my lesson.
Yeah, definitely 100%. I'm aiming to stay here forever.
I noticed that whenever I go back home for a while, I kind of lose myself, and I don't understand it. It's purely psychological. But when I am back in Eindhoven, everything with me goes back to normal. I know now for sure, 100%, that I want to stay in Eindhoven forever if I can. That's my desire, but I don't know if that's what the future has in store for me.
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