International Alumnus Shares His Alma-Mater

More than 20 years ago, Anas Eskandarani fulfilled his dream of becoming a University of South Florida alumnus. Now he is fulfilling another dream of watching one of his children follow his footsteps.

Since her childhood, Mayar Eskandarani, an INTO USF Pathway student in Engineering, wanted to be a USF Bull, like her father. From a young age she remembers seeing all her father's certificates on the wall of their home in Saudi Arabia and dreaming of becoming a USF student one day.

Finally that dream came true, when in the fall of 2014 Eskandarani came to USF, where she was accepted through INTO, a program for international students that don't fulfill the university's English requirement. Her father being an alumnus decided to visit his former stomping grounds when Eskandarani came for orientation.

"My dad was always talking about USF and how much he loved it. So from the very beginning I was really excited to see the university," shared Eskandarani. "As soon as I came here, USF became more than just a next step in my lifetime path. It is not just a place of study, it is my second home."

However, it was not only Eskandarani's dream to be a part of USF, but also her father wanted her to come here. "I loved studying at USF and my wish for my kids at that time, before I had any of them, was to see them graduate from USF. So Mayar is the eldest and I still have three more kids to go," said Mr. Eskandarani excitedly.

Mr. Eskandarani can be called not just a USF alumnus, but a lifetime supporter of his favorite university. Even though he graduated from USF with a bachelor's degree in finance in 1991, he keeps in touch with the university by regularly visiting it, buying the products with the school's emblem and also "proudly contributing to the USF Alumni Association."

One of the greatest Eskandarani's dreams is to keep staying loyal and faithful to USF, "my dream is to see my kids becoming USF Bulls! My father began the tradition of studying here, now it is my turn, and in the future I would love my children to study at USF!"