Gloria Abdo

Coordinator of Student Life Services at USJ
Gloria Abdo

For me, freedom is related to your day-to-day operations. It’s built in and directly related to your capacity of making choices. I believe that we all have the freedom to choose in our lives. Thus, we can opt for whatever we want in every little thing we do, be it at work, with our families, or whenever we’re volunteering. We always have the ability to say “yes” or “no”. First and foremost, I believe in people’s potential.
Personally, my experience is more oriented around volunteering and working with youth, such as opening doors for them to be able to make the right choices and highlight their talents. What’s more, I always look on the bright side, as I learned to see the cup as half full, not half empty.

10 years ago, I came to USJ and developed the structure of the student life department based on my experiences and my perception of the youth’s potential. The whole system was established piece by piece, based on critical thinking, projects that develop potential, democratic systems, listening to others, and above all, the values that allow one to choose to be free.

Therefore, [for the future] I hope that students will always choose humanity, stick to their their values, and disregard the ego trap.