back-to-school

And I’m Back to School

To tell you that I have been anticipating writing this post ever since I got employed three years ago is an understatement. And now, I’m proud to tell you, I AM BACK TO SCHOOL!

 

APR 2008 084

I shall no longer be a bachelor!

After some time of deliberation, being unemployed and lost, trying to find direction in my life, I thought it best to take this time as an opportunity to pursue things I have put on hold. And continuing my education is a major thing I want to finish – not only because it paves a way to potential better jobs, but because I really need the mental stimulation, something I considerably lacked in the latter half of my former job’s small lifetime.

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some of the best memories took place on this clearing here. maybe I should post a video?

I can’t tell you what being in class meant. It was just like entering campus for the first time as a student, and that’s a heavy thing to say considering I have been familiar with the campus since 2002. The night class is a bonus – it’s quiet but there are patches of students goofing about everywhere. My class, unfortunately, goes through the duration of taraweeh prayers. The fact that the campus mosque could be heard well beyond the campus grounds doesn’t help in concentration – and I am not being negative here. Though muffled through the walls, the imam of the campus mosque has an enchanting voice when he recites the Quran. It moves me, like it did for years, and though I was trying hard to concentrate in the engaging class, my spirit was someplace else.

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the window from the adjacent building? that’s my class

Back to the course – my program is called Msc in Engineering Systems Management, in English it’s sort of like MBA with Information Technology perspective. Being in a class where you’re treated like an adult makes you look at your professors differently. They suddenly seem more educated and enlightened, and the on going discussions draw from many walks of life and current news, merging them together in an interesting and friendly way to comprehend. It’s a far cry from attending the undergraduate classes – the mere fact that you’re treated with respect makes quite a whole lot of difference. Not that I wasn’t respected as an undergrad, but male egos are sensitive to signals sent by other people and, in our little sense of logic, any person who doesn’t seem to respect us – or respectable themselves – is demoted in the social hierarchy and sent way below a cockroach.

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the new library is probably the best place on campus

The discussions and the fact that I wasn’t engaged in some of them because I haven’t been up to date with the news or who X person was/is made me realize how brain dead I have been. It’s quite stimulating and I’m excited to keep tabs on many things right now. It should be noted that having Wikipedia open on my iPhone (thank you free WIFI on campus) is definitive a life/ego saver!

APR 2008 094

back to basics – shelving books, filing & cross pollinating them – welcome to student life!

  • http://www.yameen-shmal.com/ Shmal said, not

    Just what you needed to boost the morale! Keep at it man and inshalla ibte3zemni 3al ta5reej :D. Say hi to your mom for me :) tell her I expect “Kebe bi laban” when I’m back.

  • http://www.yameen-shmal.com Shmal said, not

    Just what you needed to boost the morale! Keep at it man and inshalla ibte3zemni 3al ta5reej :D. Say hi to your mom for me :) tell her I expect “Kebe bi laban” when I’m back.

  • http://www.rimeallaf.com/mosaics/index.php Rime

    Mabrouk, may you have a wonderful studying period ahead of you, and a brilliant future!

    But you know, when I first read “I shall no longer be a bachelor”, I thought there was going to be a different type of announcement (and a different type of school) following the visits you’ve gone to with your mom. :)

    Pardon my ignorance, but where is this university?

  • http://www.rimeallaf.com/mosaics/index.php Rime

    Mabrouk, may you have a wonderful studying period ahead of you, and a brilliant future!

    But you know, when I first read “I shall no longer be a bachelor”, I thought there was going to be a different type of announcement (and a different type of school) following the visits you’ve gone to with your mom. :)

    Pardon my ignorance, but where is this university?

  • http://dubaiconsumermirror.blogspot.com moryarti

    1000 mabrouk… lovely photos btw

  • http://dubaiconsumermirror.blogspot.com/ moryarti

    1000 mabrouk… lovely photos btw

  • http://beninglybitter.blogspot.com/ Nora

    Seriously, those are some beautiful pics! Anyway, I agree: We absolutely need mental stimulation. Otherwise we’re on a par with vegetables.

    Best of luck with school!

  • http://beninglybitter.blogspot.com/ Nora

    Seriously, those are some beautiful pics! Anyway, I agree: We absolutely need mental stimulation. Otherwise we’re on a par with vegetables.

    Best of luck with school!

  • http://www.antoniotahhan.com/blog/ Tony

    alf mabrouk! b’tmanalak kol al tawfeeq.
    the campus is beautiful! I’m particularly a fan of the architecture and its attention to detail. I think you should definitely post a video.

  • Batoul

    wonderful news! InshAllah bl tawfee2.
    ps. The library photo is just lovely!

  • http://orientalsoul.blogspot.com/ SimSim

    mabroooooooooook

    it’s the best thing to do … allah ywaf2ak

  • http://orientalsoul.blogspot.com/ SimSim

    mabroooooooooook

    it’s the best thing to do … allah ywaf2ak

  • http://thoughts-ahmad.blogspot.com/ Ahmad Hamdan

    Congrats man and Inshallah bel tawfeeq in your study

  • http://thoughts-ahmad.blogspot.com/ Ahmad Hamdan

    Congrats man and Inshallah bel tawfeeq in your study

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com/ Qwaider قويدر

    Excellent decision. Allah ywaf2ak ya rab!
    Study hard and enjoy it

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com Qwaider قويدر

    Excellent decision. Allah ywaf2ak ya rab!
    Study hard and enjoy it

  • http://www.antoniotahhan.com/blog/ Tony

    alf mabrouk! b’tmanalak kol al tawfeeq.
    the campus is beautiful! I’m particularly a fan of the architecture and its attention to detail. I think you should definitely post a video.

  • Batoul

    wonderful news! InshAllah bl tawfee2.
    ps. The library photo is just lovely!

  • http://tha2ir.blogspot.com/ Ulysses

    Well, good luck man on your new move. It’ll take some serious time and effort. I’ve been there and a Master’s degree is totally different than a Bachelor’s. But I always consider it a right move. Good luck

  • http://tha2ir.blogspot.com Ulysses

    Well, good luck man on your new move. It’ll take some serious time and effort. I’ve been there and a Master’s degree is totally different than a Bachelor’s. But I always consider it a right move. Good luck

  • http://www.dubai-jazz.blogspot.com/ dubaijazz

    Mabrook ya KJ, inshallah you’ll nail it and kick ass.

    Rime, this is the American University of Shariah. (or the AUS, as its grads like to call it!)

  • http://www.dubai-jazz.blogspot.com dubaijazz

    Mabrook ya KJ, inshallah you’ll nail it and kick ass.

    Rime, this is the American University of Shariah. (or the AUS, as its grads like to call it!)

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com/ hamza

    as you have rightly said, you’ll notice the difference between being treated like a bachelor and being treated like a masters student. if they teach like they do in the west, then expect alot of research work.

    enjoy. :)

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com hamza

    as you have rightly said, you’ll notice the difference between being treated like a bachelor and being treated like a masters student. if they teach like they do in the west, then expect alot of research work.

    enjoy. :)

  • http://www.maysaloon.org/ Maysaloon

    Well done KJ, that’s the way forward really. By the way that university does look stunning, not like the dump I have to go to here.

  • Anonymous

    Shmal -
    Eh akeed beddi e3ezmak, ma 3andi gheirak kenni! The kibbeh is off limits, shoo away!

    Rime -
    Allah ybarek feeki. LOL @ bachelo thing, yes my mother is indeed working hard to remedy that! I will post something on this soon :D The campus is American University of Sharjah.

    moryarti -
    Allah ybarek feek. Thank you for your continuous support my friend.

    Nora -
    I’ve been hard as broccolli for a while!

    simsim -
    Thanks simsim!

    Ahmad Hamdan -
    Thanks man and Allah ybarek feek.

    Qwaider -
    Welcome back from hibernation! Thanks for your support buddy :)

    Tony -
    Allah ybarek feek, thanks! Yes our campus is quite a marvel (though they need to work more on refining the cirriculums). I will be posting more videos and shots later on, tekram 3einak!

    Batoul -
    Thanks Batoul! Yeah our campus is beautiful :D

    Ulysses -
    Thanks Tha2ir! I will make sure to study hard and love the ride :)

    DJ -
    Allah ybarek feek basha! And correction: It’s Sharjah not Shariah (unless you’re talking lochal!)

    Hamza -
    I will do a thesis, not a project, so yes it will be research!

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Shmal -
    Eh akeed beddi e3ezmak, ma 3andi gheirak kenni! The kibbeh is off limits, shoo away!

    Rime -
    Allah ybarek feeki. LOL @ bachelo thing, yes my mother is indeed working hard to remedy that! I will post something on this soon :D The campus is American University of Sharjah.

    moryarti -
    Allah ybarek feek. Thank you for your continuous support my friend.

    Nora -
    I’ve been hard as broccolli for a while!

    simsim -
    Thanks simsim!

    Ahmad Hamdan -
    Thanks man and Allah ybarek feek.

    Qwaider -
    Welcome back from hibernation! Thanks for your support buddy :)

    Tony -
    Allah ybarek feek, thanks! Yes our campus is quite a marvel (though they need to work more on refining the cirriculums). I will be posting more videos and shots later on, tekram 3einak!

    Batoul -
    Thanks Batoul! Yeah our campus is beautiful :D

    Ulysses -
    Thanks Tha2ir! I will make sure to study hard and love the ride :)

    DJ -
    Allah ybarek feek basha! And correction: It’s Sharjah not Shariah (unless you’re talking lochal!)

    Hamza -
    I will do a thesis, not a project, so yes it will be research!

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    Excellent choice buddy!
    Good luck with school and everything, yalla roo7 2odros :-)

    amazing pictures btw

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    Excellent choice buddy!
    Good luck with school and everything, yalla roo7 2odros :-)

    amazing pictures btw

  • http://www.maysaloon.org/ Maysaloon

    Well done KJ, that’s the way forward really. By the way that university does look stunning, not like the dump I have to go to here.

  • Anonymous

    za3tar -
    Thanks my friend :)

    Maysaloon -
    hahaha… to be frank my campus is a bit overboard!

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    za3tar -
    Thanks my friend :)

    Maysaloon -
    hahaha… to be frank my campus is a bit overboard!

  • http://somehoosier.blogspot.com/ Katie

    Wise move. Never stop learning, and always push yourself to be better!

  • http://somehoosier.blogspot.com/ Katie

    Wise move. Never stop learning, and always push yourself to be better!

  • http://omars2cents.blogspot.com/ Omar

    mabrook and best of luck… the campus looks great

  • http://omars2cents.blogspot.com Omar

    mabrook and best of luck… the campus looks great