Lake Jackson resident Ammar Habib dreams of having a career as a writer. At the same time, he’s determined to get a college degree.
And Brazosport College is playing a key role in his journey.
Habib has always loved the written word. His passion began in elementary school and was lifted to an even higher level in high school after taking Ron Rozelle’s creative writing class at Brazoswood High School.
During this time, Habib gained confidence and
honed his skills. He even wrote a book after graduating from high school and began submitting it to publishing companies and book agents.
Soon after, the 20-year-old received a phone call from Washington-based Zharmae Publishing Press. They wanted to publish his book.
“That was an exciting moment,” Habib said of receiving the publishing offer. “I got the call around 10 o’clock at night and I couldn’t sleep after that. I was calling all my family and friends and telling them about it. It was an incredible night.”
Habib’s book, a supernatural/suspense thriller tentatively titled “Guardian Angel,” is slated to be released this coming spring or summer and should be available in a variety of bookstores, including Barnes & Noble.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a published author,” Habib said. “I’m so excited to see it actually happening.”
Habib is realistic, though. He understands it’s a longshot to have a booming career as a best-selling author. He realizes he needs a college education and a solid career path in case his writing career doesn’t materialize in the manner he hopes it will.
With his future in mind, Habib is currently in Brazosport College’s Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) program working on a Business Management Specialty degree.
BC is one of only two community colleges in the state with the authority to offer a four-year BAT degree. Habib also knows that well-paying jobs are available in the business management field.
“It’s cost-efficient to go to Brazosport College,” Habib said. “At first I was just going to get my basics here, but when I found out about the BAT program I felt it would be a great idea to stay here.
“I love it here,” Habib added of BC. “All of my professors have been extremely helpful and the classes have been interesting.”
Habib, who entered the fall semester as a Dean’s List student with a 3.91 grade-point average, is hoping to graduate from the program in December, 2014.
For many, it would be difficult to juggle a potential writing career — Habib is currently working on a couple of other writing projects now — along with being a successful student.
Habib has found a way to make it all work, though.
“I’m pretty good at managing my time,” he said. “I usually plan out my week. I try to leave my weekends open for writing. It usually works out that I do my schoolwork on weekdays and work on my writing on the weekends.”
There’s little doubt that Habib has a successful career ahead of him. His talent with the written word is creating opportunities for him, but his investment to BC is also taking him down a path toward success.
“I love writing and I look forward to my writing career,” Habib said. “At the same time, business management is a good, broad field to get into and there are a lot of opportunities in that field. This is an exciting time for me.”
To learn more about Habib’s writing, visit his website at www.ammarahsenhabib.com or his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ammarahsenhabib. For information about Brazosport College, call 979.230.3000 or visit www.brazosport.edu.