Saleh Tabasideh is from Qatar and has studied at ELC Santa Barbara for 12 weeks in our Pathways Semi-Intensive Plus program. Saleh is a wonderful and motivated student and is on his way to the city college next semester as a future engineer! We wish him the very best and hope his university dreams come true!
I was born in Qatar. It was all my cousins and me in different houses in the same neighborhood. We were so close. I have 20 cousins and we played together every day.
I love cars – collecting cars. I have 2 Mercedes cars and 1 Toyota for the desert because it’s cheap. Maybe a Nissan next. Maybe I’ll buy a Mustang.
I’m a musician. I play an Arabic instrument called “oud.” It’s like a guitar without the frets on the neck. I play in my spare time and I give performances for the music academy.
Because it’s away from all the craziness in Los Angeles and my brother is here. My brother chose Santa Barbara because he wanted a good environment – not too many things to distract you like in LA.
I am from Doha. Doha is a bit city and it is so modern. Santa Barbara is… I don’t know how to describe it but it has historic stuff like the courthouse. Everything is so new in Doha.
The food! Arabic food. It’s impossible to find in Santa Barbara – maybe in Los Angeles but not in Santa Barbara. And my family and friends. I also miss my cars very much.
like West Beach, the pier, and State Street. I hang out with my friends everywhere.
I don’t know. I really enjoy conversation class here. There was a discussion about corruption. We really enjoyed it –- corruption in different countries. It was like a debate. People got very excited.
If you want to learn English, you must practice and not use your own language with other people.
I will transfer to SBCC, study engineering for two years, and maybe I’ll transfer to the university like my brother.