Imad Jbara, a senior psychology major, felt he had something to say. Instead of posting to Facebook or Twitter, Imad did what not many college students do. He co-authored a book with Resident Director and doctoral candidate LaToya Rene Robertson.
The College Cheat Sheet is a detailed account of how to survive college. The authors share insider tricks and tips, like making to-do lists and maintaining good relationships with professors. Imad even shares the proper etiquette behind emailing professors.
"The book helps students through college, and it helps them become the best version of themselves," Imad said.
Overcoming adversity through persistence and tenacity
Before going to college, Imad had to overcome many unfortunate circumstances. At 15, he needed his own how-to guide for life. When he was just a sophomore in high school, his mom, who lived in Morocco, fell sick. Imad's dad traveled to Morocco and stayed for 5 years.
Back home, Imad had to learn how to take care of himself. When he began his studies at UMass Dartmouth, he was homeless. "I didn't have anyone to tell me it was going to be okay," he said. "I want to inspire people and let them know that no matter what, they can achieve their dreams."
A Psychology major helped prepare Imad for the future
As a psychology major, Imad feels he is ready to pursue his career as a life coach. "Psychology teaches you how to communicate with people," he said. "It shows you different perspectives and helps you understand people better."
Imad also has had many mentors help prepare him for his journey into entrepreneurship. They helped shape him and gave him the confidence he needed to aim high. "I believe that everything happens for a reason," Imad said. "This school made me who I am."