Munzareen P. of Ronkonkoma, New York has big dreams—she wants to become a doctor and work for Doctors without Borders or the World Health Organization. While working towards this admirable goal, she's also dedicated to gaining an Islamic education. For this, she's turned to SunniPath Academy, because "SunniPath classes are accessible, there isn't a lot of travel time, and the teachers are qualified." A typical weekday in Munzareen's life consists of leaving for school a few hours after Fajr and returning home after Maghrib. In the evening, she does some homework and then tries to fit in a SunniPath recorded lesson. She also devotes her Saturdays to her SunniPath coursework, and enjoys her experience due to "the teachers and TAs (teaching assistants), the quality of scholarship, [and] the dedication of everyone on this site."
The life of a high school, college, or university student is never very predictable. Schedules change each term, and indeed, throughout the term also as exams, papers, and projects fluctuate each week. It almost seems impossible to fit in time for any "extra" religious courses, though these courses are a must to help students deal with new and challenging questions and issues they face at their school. There is a solution, however: online education. Many students have found the online courses at SunniPath to offer both the flexibility and structure to perfectly complement their full-time coursework.
SunniPath's semester system allows students like Safiyya A. in Staten Island, New York to take courses during their summer vacation. It is possible, however, to also fit courses into student schedules year-round. An inspiring example is found in Shawn T. of Kitchener, Canada, who not only attends a university full-time, but also works full-time, has a wife and four children, and still manages to fit in time for SunniPath courses. Shawn explains that he was able to fit in the courses "because of the online offering."
Also making time is Krista R., a university student living with roommates in Vancouver, Canada. She learned about SunniPath from a friend and as a new Muslim, felt that "it was definitely much less intimidating to start out with online courses rather than anything face-to-face." She goes to school during the day, does her homework or babysitting in the evenings, and "Sunnipath fits in somewhere amidst all the academic studying!" Making the time for continuing her Islamic education is important to her, and she has found the format at SunniPath to be invaluable. "The format (with video and slides) was very helpful, the discussions were good, the other students had interesting things to say, it was a great course, and a wonderful opportunity."
Throughout their university years, many students form a strong desire to study Islam abroad. However, due to practical considerations, this doesn't always work out. Chris I. sees SunniPath as a step towards eventually studying abroad after graduation. Living with his parents in Schertz, Texas, Chris found SunniPath to be the "only traditional Islamic school online." Generally, he spends the weekdays focusing on his school work, and takes SunniPath courses on the weekends. To him, SunniPath is a great opportunity to interact directly with qualified teachers.
Usma F. also finds that she has no other options for Islamic education, "unless I move to another part of the country or go abroad!" Living in London, UK, she came across SunniPath one day while surfing the net. Usma would love to commit full-time to an Islamic institute, but can't because she is at university full-time. For now, she's happy studying at SunniPath, where she enjoys participating in the discussion forums and asking questions during the live sessions.
Usma does have an objective in mind when choosing her coursework online. SunniPath's curriculum programs help students choose courses that will assist them in piecing together a roadmap towards further study in the future. Currently, the Foundations and Miftah curriculums are the basic and most popular learning tracks. In particular, Usma's current goal is to "learn the fundamentals of Islam by taking the Foundational curriculum SP offers."
With live sessions, discussion forums, and office hours all opportunities to ask questions and clarify lesson points directly from the instructor, full-time students can learn in an environment they can relate to. In addition to regular contact with instructors, SunniPath also offers a chance to meet others interested in seeking knowledge. The interactive "Meet Your Classmates" forum and the course material discussion forum provide a great venue for exchanging ideas, insights, and resources. Best of all, SunniPath is easy to use from any computer, on or off-campus, requiring only an internet connection and software generally pre-installed on computers or if not, available for free download.
Whether you're too far away from reliable education or simply need the flexibility of learning at your own schedule, SunniPath Academy can provide you with an easy, effective, and reliable means of obtaining Islamic knowledge.
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