Engineering students from Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), a Qatar Foundation partner university, showcased their writing talents in the 2018 edition of Best Writing, a book that demonstrates the ability and creativity of students at the branch campus.
Now in its fifth year, Best Writing features the writings of TAMUQ students in a variety of genres, from poetry, short stories, and personal essays to technical papers and research reports.
Dr. César Octavio Malavé, Dean of TAMUQ, said, “We are committed to educating well-rounded engineers who are critical thinkers and problem solvers, and who will lead Qatar’s transformation into a modern, knowledge-based society.
“Best Writing celebrates the talent and creativity of our Aggie engineers and shows their innovation and passion.”
This year’s book, Stories We Live By, includes stories that reveal students’ struggles with difficult issues or decisions, and demonstrate the courage and resilience of each author as they try to make sense of their experiences.
During the book launch, several of the student authors read selections from their published pieces. Shaikha Al-Qahtani, who graduated in May, read from her thank-you letter to one of her favorite professors; Saeed Ali Binnoora read his piece, ‘Twilight Shore’, along with classmate Aisha Al-Kubaisi; and senior mechanical engineering major Aalaa Abdallah read from her piece in which she talked about the struggle between who she is and who she wants to be. Ahmed Al-Nowfal Al-Tamimi also performed two poems in Arabic.
The book also features photos taken by Texas A&M at Qatar students, including Mowad Alaradi, whose photo of Souq Waqif features on the book’s cover.
Co-editor and instructional associate professor Dr. Mysti Rudd, who first conceived the book five years ago, said Best Writing shows that TAMUQ students excel at thinking and writing creatively as well as critically.
“I am humbled by the trust that each of these student writers places in us by sharing the ‘stories they live by’ — exposing their struggles and concerns, daring to give us glimpses of what they have yet to learn,” she said.
“Reading through an entire volume of Best Writing is like listening to our students without interruption. If you listen intently as
you read, both to what is said and what is left unsaid, I believe you will be changed by what you read.”
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