Abdul Aziz, sophomore computer science major, hangs out in front of the West Village apartments. Aziz likes to travel, and said he hopes to pursue higher degrees in other countries after he graduates from Wesleyan.
Just as any other day, Abdul Aziz, sophomore computer science major, sits on the cornered bench outside of the West Village apartments smoking a cigarette in the 60 degree weather. Aziz may seem like a serious student, but few people know he’s a traveler, a care-free individual who is pursuing an education and a future for himself.
Aziz , born in the capital of Saudi Arabia, which is pronounced Riyadh, came to the states when he was 17 years old. He attended Oregon State University, leaving behind his mother, Awatfi, and father, Khalid, and his four brothers.
“I miss [my family] a lot,” Aziz said. “ When I went to Oregon I thought it was very boring, but when I came to Texas it was safe and cheap and much better.”
Aziz said he came to America to get an education for himself and has adjusted to his life here. Besides pursuing his education, for fun Aziz said he likes to hang out with his friends and travel.
“I’ve been to Oregon, California, Texas, Kuwait, London, Paris, Dubai and Cairo,” Aziz said. “If I had the ability to choose a place to live it would be London.”
However, he said his favorite place is Los Angeles.
“The big difference here is freedom, you could walk around naked and no one would care but in Saudi Arabia you can’t do anything,” Aziz said. “People pay more attention to their culture than they do to their religion.”
Aziz said after he earns his degree at Texas Wesleyan he may get his masters degree in London and possibly his Ph.D.
“I want to work for with the royal family in Saudi Arabia, Alsoid it’s a family name like the kings and the princes,” Aziz said. “But first I want to work for a bank, and then I will see what is going to happen from there.”
Aziz said when it comes to his religion, he practices the Islamic faith and continues to try and be a better person.
“I am a very confusing person, I confuse myself and I’m very complicated,” Aziz said. “I don’t care what other people say about me at all, but I do what I think is right.”
Abdullah Alfawaz, freshman business major and roommate of Aziz, said Aziz is a very kind and friendly person.
“He likes to help people and hang out with [friends], and to see what’s bothering them,” Alfawaz said. “He’s a very interesting guy.”
Mazin Alhwshan, freshman business major said Aziz is a very good guy.
“His wise and it is hard to get him mad,” Alhwshan said. “He is very diplomatic.”