Youssef Salhi is a Georgia Southern University lecturer who is passionate about helping students learn languages different than their own.
Salhi is originally from Morocco but moved to the United States in 1999 to complete his graduate studies. He says that his prior knowledge of the country helped alleviate any culture shock he might have experienced when he came to America.
“When I was in Morocco, before I started learning English, I was always fascinated by America,” he said. “I didn’t have culture shock about America, because I learned a lot about the country before I came here.”
Salhi says the most memorable moment of his time in college took place in his personal life, not in the classroom.
“The most memorable experience during my college years was the time when I got my citizenship when I was doing my graduate studies at the University of Louisville,” he said. “It was exciting to be a part of a country that gave me a lot.”
Salhi says that he always wanted to be a teacher, but he was unsure about what subject he would teach. He has been working at GSU for two years and says he chose to move to Statesboro because of the similarities between the culture here and in his home country.
“The Southern culture is similar to the Arab culture — the hospitality, the warmth of people and the weather. When I saw the opportunity open up at Georgia Southern, I decided to go for it, because I knew it would feel like home here — and I was not wrong.”