https://www.youtube.com/embed/ydU2hKJyh8Q Scroll down for rambles 🙂 2020. What a year. I started off the year in Rabat with some of my closest friends, and ended it at home in Texas with my family, where I have been for over nine months. 2020 gave me some of my happiest memories, and I was lucky to spend … Continue reading 2020, and sounds of rain
I’ve spent the past ten minutes trying to come up with a way to start this post, but writer’s block has really gotten the better of me, so I think I’ll just get straight to it, and skip any nice introductory paragraph. I haven’t written a blog post in over four months, and sometimes when … Continue reading Semester One, Finally Done
I love making unrealistic goals that I never accomplish. Which is exactly why I planned to film an Arabic video every month during my time in Morocco, and ended up not filming a single one, and not even blogging consistently. However, I'm finally back with a video that's somewhat of a culmination of the past … Continue reading And finally… an Arabic video!
I’ve been inactive on my blog for the past couple of months, and as usual, I don’t have any substantial reason aside from being “busy,” or rather, not really making writing a priority. The last few weeks have been characterized by placement tests (finally, an opportunity to brush up my Spanish and French), decisions (I … Continue reading The Magic that is GirlForward ❤
I cried last night. Was it grief? Frustration? Or shame? A bit of all three, but mainly the last. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. So many others. I’m heartbroken. I’m outraged. But most of all, I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to feel this way. How long did it take? How many … Continue reading some words, some feelings
Ever since I returned to the US, there’s one, single word that constantly nags at me. A single word that makes me feel guilty when I find myself neglecting all things academic, a word that comes to me when I hear from friends who are finishing up a year in college, or others who are … Continue reading I’m not “productive”… but I guess that’s okay?
The past month of quarantine has meant that I have a lot of free time on my hands, and lately, I’ve been spending much of my time eating-- and cooking! I’m definitely a foodie, and in these weeks, I’ve been trying out a bunch of recipes, from falafel and hommos, to Moroccan salads, and of … Continue reading Daal Makhni, a family recipe
Wow… I can’t believe it’s been exactly two months since I last posted. I also can’t say that I have an excuse. What I can say, is that these lazy weeks (months?) of quarantine are the perfect time to get back into writing, since I have no mandatory coursework or responsibilities, and pretty much haven’t … Continue reading Morocco, Memories, and Home
I often tell my parents how lucky they are for having grown up in a society where they felt that they “belonged.” When I used to complain to them about the challenges of having a hyphenated identity, it was hard for them to understand why. And sometimes, it was hard for me to explain… Why … Continue reading Cultural Values, and being Unapologetically Eastern
One of the things I learnt about gap years, from being on one, is that they are absolutely misunderstood by the general public. Halfway through the program, people back home expect that I’m having the time of my life, and that I have everything figured out. That four months in a foreign country have allowed … Continue reading At Last, my “Gap Year Epiphany”