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Featured Grad: Basim Alali ’20L

Featured Grad: Basim Alali ’20L

Basim Alali

Major: Business Administration

Campus: Lincoln

Congratulations on earning your bachelor's degree, Basim! How rewarding is this for you?

I can’t describe this accomplishment in words. Earning a college degree is such an important step in my life. This award recognizes my academic achievements and hard work. I am especially proud of this recognition because English is not my first language, but I was able to succeed in my coursework. 

You took multiple courses each term and finished your bachelor's in two years after earning your associate's degree at SCC. How were you able to manage the workload in order for you to be enrolled in multiple courses each term?

Having a plan is extremely important to achieve this goal. The hardest part is the start. I wanted to complete my degree in three years. I planned in advance and I created my schedule to meet daily goals, weekly goals, and monthly goals. I spent my time wisely during workdays and weekends to finish all my assignments on time. This requires discipline and a strong desire to meet these goals. I always wanted to come to class prepared. I did my due diligence and research before starting my classes. This process helped me to be prepared and ready for the class.

Was there a class that stands out as your favorite or most impactful?

I enjoyed most of the classes because each class helped me to learn something new and different. These classes helped me to grow personally and professionally by learning different subjects and topics. This process helped me to exchange, build, and learn creative ways to approach some of the challenges differently.

How would you describe your time as a student at Doane?

Doane helped me to improve the quality of my life by learning different skills, gaining knowledge, and engaging with new topics. Doane helped me to develop leadership skills and connected me with a group of positive people who want to make a difference and do something meaningful with their lives. This university provides many resources to its students in different areas and disciplines. Everybody is supportive and they would like to help you to succeed. I enjoyed taking classes at this university for different reasons. I can’t describe the help and support Doane provides to its students. Professors, advisors, faculty, and staff made my journey far more enjoyable and easier.

Lastly, Doane offers an exceptional quality of education. Having such quality of education and experiences is invaluable because it can help to develop new perspectives on thinking through the dynamic and collaborative programs that afford opportunities which rarely are found elsewhere.

You have also been a part of the Nebraska Dev Lab pipeline program with Don't Panic Labs (read more here) in 2020 and you will complete that program in the next few weeks. What has that experience been like for you? 

I like how this program is designed to prepare participants in this field of technology. I also like the hands-on approach to learning by practicing different exercises and challenges. I enjoyed working in teams with the rest of the cohort members and instructors. They always helped me when I struggled in any area. I can’t describe their help and support in words. I have learned the latest software technology including HTML, CSS, Java, JavaScript, C#, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, git, and GitHub to build mobile apps and websites. 

To summarize, technology serves a variety of purposes and means different things to different people. I believe in today’s world technology can be found at every corner of our life. This training helped me to learn more about software and how software can improve our lives. I can apply these skills and knowledge to different aspects of my life. Hopefully, I will utilize what I have learned from this program and use it one day for a good cause or purpose.

What do you think is next for you? 

Attending grad school is my next step.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Earning a college degree is all about opening up for more opportunities in life. Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone. Some improbable facts about me, it took me six years to get my GED. English is my third language. I used the computer for the first time in my life in 2006 and the internet in 2008. I earned my associate degree in 2018 and bachelor degree in 2020. If I can do it, why can't you?