Tips for college-bound students!

There is anxiety; excitement, fear, insecurity, sadness and I have run out of emotions to type here. You’re probably familiar with these emotions, if you’re leaving for college soon. They are very common and believe me when I say you’re not the only one going through it.

When I left Saudi Arabia for the first time I was going though major anxiety, mainly because it was the first time I was traveling alone to a country where I knew NO ONE. When I got out of the plane, I was like a pup sloth trying to figure out life.

But it was the most exhilarating moment of my life. I could taste independence in the air and my transition into adulthood was beginning. It was all worn down only after the first week of orientation when homesickness kicked in. Luckily, food was there to comfort and I experienced the freshmen15. Which brings me to my first tip:

  • Food is temporary consolation:

It is there to comfort you till you gain 15 kgs and cannot even run a mile. That’s what happened to me, well, not entirely. I only managed to gain 10 kgs and then people started pointing it out to me and so did my clothes. Join clubs, that’s what they are there for; to keep your mind off your hometown and all the good food you’re missing.

  • Practice Small conversations:

Yes, practice makes perfect. I was very confident that I’d be great at it, since I am so chatty all the time. MAJOR FAIL. I stuttered, profusely sweated and made uncountable mistakes while speaking, making myself, and the people around very awkward.

  • Don’t pack EVERYTHING

Pack according to season, you will be coming back home after 6 months.

  • You’re not weird if you don’t drink: 

Drinking is prohibited in Islam, so drinking just to fit in is NOT a valid excuse. I have seen so many muslim students drink due to peer pressure. It makes me very sad that self-control is so rare. You can still have fun, if you’re not drunk!

  • Your friend’s circle will change!

You don’t have to be best friends with everyone. Not everyone is worth being in your life. You will find your people. It takes time, no need to stress out.

  • Take responsibility for yourself and your actions

Being an adult means taking responsibility for your actions. If you don’t do good on your exam, because you didn’t attend classes, don’t blame your professor.

  • Learn the value of money!

A very important lesson I learned in college was the value of money. I understood money that my parents were paying for my education was hard earned, of course, they could save that for their retirement but instead they spent it on me so I could get good quality education and didn’t feel left out. Make a budget of where you spend your money the most. Find work on campus so you can save a little.

My final advice is to acknowledge not many people are fortunate to go to college, so make the most of it. Make memories that you can cherish for the rest of your life. 🙂

Ways to be productive this Ramadan!!

First week of summer is always wonderful. By the second week you’re bored and want to go back to school and see your friends (at least this is the case with me). But what are some awesome things you can do if you’re not travelling this summer?

Here’s what you can do, if not travel!!

  • Make a film.

It’s all about VINE, SNAPCHAT and YouTube these days!! So get together with your friends and make videos. it’s an awesome way to make memories. I have plenty of dancing videos that I am too embarrassed to show anyone, but they bring back so many golden memories.

  • Start a podcast

Unfortunately for me I am not really interested in one particular thing, and it is kind of complicated to talk about my endless interests. So if you’re really passionate about something, why not share it with the world?

“If you have knowledge,
let others light their candles in it.”–Margaret Fuller

  • Invite people over

Since Ramadan falls in summer this year and people come back to Saudi Arabia to spend Ramadan with their loved ones, because it is the best can’t deny that! So invite your friends over. What better way to earn some Ajar (good deeds) if not to feed the hungry? Lol.

Besides they wouldn’t even complain, if the food is bad. I am not saying it “will” be, i’m just saying It “MIGHT” be.

  • Volunteer!!

Volunteering can be satisfying and uplifting, because you’re not only working towards a good cause but also being productive with your time. Ask around and get busy!!

  • UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE!

As much as I love to buy new clothes and look at them every now and then, I hate giving away clothes I don’t wear ( DON’T JUDGE ME). I have an emotional attachment to them, even if I have never worn them (I know you do too). Pick out the clothes you haven’t worn in 2-10 years ( please don’t tell me i’m the only one who has clothes from her middle school still in her wardrobe) and donate!

  • Redecorate

What better way to spend time than redoing your room OR YOUR ENTIRE  HOUSE? Okay I got a little too excited there. Use your creative side and impress your parents or anyone else you want to impress. I am doing our family bathroom, can’t wait for the end result. I MEAN’T REDOING!!

  • Just sleep!

If everything else is too much for you, just sleep. But I’m not saying sleep like  a corpse and give up on life for 2 months.

PEACE!! \/

6 rules to know before going to an Arab Wedding!!

All you need to know about before going to an arab wedding.

1: DON’T BE PUNCTUAL

if the wedding invite says to be there by 10, leave the house at Midnight. Even that’ll be too early.

2: Eat your dinner:

You’ll be served breakfast, so you might want to have something before you leave.

3: PUT 30lbs. OF MAKE UP

if you think you’re overdressed and putting more than necessary, you’re not! When you reach the ball room, you will see all types of people and mostly overly done relatives and friends.

4: Take pictures before going

your phones will be taken away.. sadly.

5: Be ready to PARTAY!

You will dance.. you will dance all night

6: Wear comfortable Heels

…because you will dance.

You’re welcome! 🙂