10 THINGS I WISH I KNEW SOONER

1. People will always tell you that you’re either too much or not enough. Too much in what you do or not enough in who you are. Sometimes, they will be wrong. Sometimes, they will be right. Never mind that. You are worth loving, anyway. 2. I know you like to help people, I know….

KNOWLEDGE FROM MEDIA

I believe that the art of communication is the language of leadership. What one posts on the internet, for example, can be what others follow next without bothering to understand what’s happening. People nowadays tend just to go with the trends. The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand; we listen to…

RESPONSIBILI3

“With power comes great responsibility.” I learned from Eleanor Roosevelt that in the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Our roles and responsibilities at home, school and society – these 3 – are big…

EXPRESS DIFFERENTLY

In Stonyhurst Southville International School, the students are taught to express things and the way they feel in different ways. Whether it’s the school newspaper, an art session, or in a speak-up and sharing, every student is encouraged to let out how they feel and see things. That’s what I love about SSIS, the teachers…

GROWING IN TOLERANCE

Without tolerance, our world turns into hell. I personally believe frustrations, conflicts, and pressure is God’s way of testing our ability and how much we can handle. The AlMighty will not put us in situations and events that we can’t get through. I learned it the hard way. Years ago, I was the careless little…

OUR SECOND MOTHER

Looking out a window on a bright sunny morning with a breeze, I can see trees swaying, leave petals flying, and cows herding. I wondered how earth was created and what little care we give her. Our minds are more concentrated on what materialistic things Mother Earth gives us from what she produces and we…

FOOTBALL BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ME

When it comes to thinking of what I do best, football comes to mind. Football was always thought of as a sports for boys. I remember always hearing guys yell out “Go back to the kitchen” and “Make me a sandwich” whenever I had a football ball between my feet. The judgements and their believe…

RESOURCEFULNESS

There are things people usually wouldn’t think of doing and all of them require imagination and resourcefulness. Resourcefulness is seeing where you want to go and taking the first step. Resourcefulness is taking whatever is beside you and creating something from it. It’s the ability to make something new and imaginative. When it comes to…

TESTING MY LIMITS

A year ago, when it came to limits and comfort zones I thought of going up on stage or in a crowd filled with people and having to speak or do something. That was way beyond anything I found comfortable. I guess the fear of getting embarrassed or choking on my own words took the…

MY RECIPE TO SUCCESS

As I pulled out my favourite Arabic dish, maloubeh, out of the oven after waiting for an hour or more, the satisfying smell that came with it struck a feeling in me. Yes, half of it is the grumbling my tummy made, but the other half is the feeling of fulfillment for making something my…