Drury Spotlight: Hadeil Abdelraouf

Major: International Political Science & Communication Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts with Honors
Hometown: Egypt 

As a native Egyptian, Hadeil Abdelraouf says the choice to attend a small liberal arts school in Missouri was not an obvious one, but one she's glad she made. Because of Drury's size, Hadeil, who is a member of Drury's tennis team, was able to get involved immediately and make her mark.  

“I was playing tennis freshman year, and we were at regionals,” Hadeil remembers. “My match was the deciding point for us to go to Nationals, and I won, and I will never forget that feeling.”

Right from the start, students are able to jump in and impact the Drury community.

Home Away From Home

As an international student, Hadeil was interested in the uncertainties these students face when coming to Drury for the first time. Hadeil is a student in Drury's Honors Program, and has begun research for her Honors Project about the topic of international students' concerns when arriving at Drury. Hadeil plans to share her findings with the university to provide new insights into the international student experience at Drury. 

“I hope to improve international students’ experiences while studying away from home," she says. "This paper will enable Drury’s new International Advisory Committee to make informed decisions.” 

For many international students, returning home during the school year - even on breaks - can be difficult, and Hadeil remembers always feeling welcome on campus. 

“The Drury community is home even if you’re far away," she says. 

The university welcomes international students from around the world, with 44 countries currently represented on campus.