Featured Students

CHFA Featured Student: Abdulmoshen Alanazi

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  • Name: Abdulmoshen Alanazi
  • Year: Graduate Student
  • Major: (TESOL) Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Hometown: Tayma, Saudi Arabia
  • Quirky Fact: My wife is allergic to cats, but I like to feed my neighbor’s cats and buy things for them. My house is an asylum for both the cats and the rabbits.
  • Favorite place to eat in Murray: Los Portales
  • Favorite Food: Lamb chops
  • Best movie you’ve seen recently: Inside Out
  • Best books you’ve read recently: Just Say Yes! by Robert Schnase and The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker

What is your background?

My hometown is in Tayma, which is a city nearby Tabuk. I lived my childhood in that village. After I went to school, my father moved to Riyath. I finished intermediate school, and then went to Kinksaud University – one of the biggest universities in Saudi Arabia. I got my Bachelors Degree in English Translation, and enrolled in Shura council (which is like Parliament) and then I enrolled in the Kinkfahad Naval academy to be an officer. After that I went through all the stages and I’m now the rank of captain. I got my opportunity to pursue my studies for a Masters degree in America. I started my Masters last year at Murray State in TESOL. Before I started at Murray State, I was in San Antonio, Texas. I got a high diploma at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and then I came here to finish my MA degree.

How have you enjoyed your experience at Murray State?

I’m happy to be at Murray State. I’m doing well with my MA degrees and I like the faculty here. My countryman Muhammad and my fellow student Meg – we worked together for some of our projects. As discussion leaders, we worked to make the chapters we were reading interesting to the rest of the class. I enjoyed working with them. Dr. Trites has inspired me to keep focusing on my studies for my classes, managing my schedule, and picking the right classes to take. I’ve had also classes with Dr. Park, Dr. Morgan, and Dr. Song.

What do you like about Murray?

I’m married and have three kids. Murray is a valuable place to raise kids! That’s one of the reasons I chose Murray. My oldest is 7 the next is 6 years and youngest is 3. My wife is a good cook, so I don’t have problems with local food. However, I wish there were more good places for my kids to play. I’m glad my kids are exhausted from playing at school, so I don’t have to take them anyway.

I miss my parents a lot, but I try to talk to them often.  The people at Murray State have been very nice – I’ve experienced no discrimination and neither have my kids. Their teachers are helping them greatly to overcome their language disabilities.

What are you going to do next?

When I finish my studies, I will return to my unit to the Navy. I’m teaching specialized English language and culture courses to the cadets there who will be officers and soldiers to be able to communicate with others.

I had the chance to work for Shura council as a translator and interpreter for foreigners from all around the world.  Since English was an international communication language, we used English as intermediate communication. I was the only way that some people got their information, and it was an honor to be there.

Who inspires you in life?

My father was born an orphan. He raised himself, he’s self-dependent and eventually raised a big family. He started from scratch. He’s always my example to help me overcome my difficulties in my life to see how he’s managed to be a survivor.

About Abdul, Professor Juyoung Song writes, “I enjoy having Abdul in my class. He brings to the classroom various and unique perspectives that otherwise are not easily available around where we are geographically, culturally, and linguistically. These perspectives emphasize diversity in the classroom discussion, expanding the learning context beyond the classroom.” Click here to read more about our TESOL program.

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