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A Level Too Difficult
course in the world, constant
Quite simply, anyone who tells you problem solving, revision and
that the IGCSE is easy, or advises practice. Physics, of course, is no
you to choose it because it is easy, different, but with less problem
have no idea what they are talking solving and more information. Other
about. I can tell you this with OL subjects may be enjoyable, but
confidence since I am, as are most are not easy. For instance, Business
of my classmates, an above average is a great subject, but in the end it
student and have just finished my all comes down to memorizing.
three years of IGCSE. English depends to a great extent
on writing skills and Literature and
First and foremost, the main your ability to read and write and
limitation is the size of the subject analyze a story. These eight are just
matter. Everybody has to take eight a taste of what is to come.
O Level (Ordinary) subjects in order
to achieve a Secondary School Besides the eight OL’s there are the
Certificate. These are taken over A levels. Hope I am not bogging
a period of two years. Some, such you down too much in the details,
as Biology and Chemistry, are but I have to give you an overview.
dependent mainly on memorization. Each A level consists of two parts;
No matter how many Many will tell you all you have to AS and A2. You can do an entire
times you have heard it, do is just understand, and are not AL, or just the AS. These AL’s are
burdened with memorizing huge what ultimately determine your final
I am going to say it again! amounts of information like students percentage and which faculty to
Your high school of the Egyptian certificate. Absolute join. I do not want to seem like I
education and grades will lie! Although you have to understand
in order to be able to study and
am exaggerating too much when I
say they are a nightmare, but that
pretty much determine solve questions effectively, you are is what they are. AL Biology is an
what the rest of your life burdened with just as much example. Some students I have
will be like. There are memorization, if not more, than the spoken to say “I love Biology more
than any other subject which is why
many people our parents’ I want to enter Medicine”.
age now who wish they Some parts of the syllabus are truly
interesting, but others are a living
had studied harder 20 or hell. The amount of information
30 years ago to have been you have to memorize and digest
able to enter better is massive, and you have to revise
at least once a month if you are
faculties and enjoy a to keep the topics fresh in your
better life than the one head. Besides that, is the practical
work, which the ‘Thanawiya Amma’
they currently lead. students do not have to go through
and which the teachers themselves
Everyone knows the Egyptian admit that they are not sure what
secondary educational system the examiners correcting your paper
‘Thanawiya Amma’ is no picnic. On are looking for. Bio is just an
the contrary, it is a grueling, example, but Chemistry is the same
exhausting experience accompanied with too many annoying little details
by constant stress and anxiety. And here and there that will drain every
who can blame the students who bit of energy from your brain.
study for this certificate? After all,
even half a mark can mean the Another difficulty of the system is
difference between the Faculty of the exams themselves. They are
Medicine and Faculty of Science. In nothing like the Egyptian exams.
recent years, many students have Whereas in the Egyptian exams the
been looking to other secondary questions are memorized to the
school systems like the IGCSE, the letter with a model answer and
Secondary school certificate offered every question you see is a
by the University of Cambridge, in repeated question, in the IGCSE
the hopes that it will be “easier” or exams, a question can come in any
more “enjoyable”. I wish to expose number of ways to the point that
the truth behind this myth. I will there will be many instances when
not deny the many advantages this ‘Thanawiya Amma’ student. The OL you know the information, but do
system offers over the Egyptian MathYour high school
syllabus is pretty large, and not know that you are supposed to
system, but I wish to explain its requires, just like any other math say it in an exam. Multiple choice
limitations and drawbacks. education and
grades will pretty
what the rest of your
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come in subjects
easy. Plus, the
time given in
each exam is
people have a
to finish in the
given time is
itself an effort.
biggest, is the
admission to a
good faculty. The
system is unfair
As I said, the
get depends on
the number of
AL’s you take. There is no limit to the number of AL’s
you can take. Many students have this inexplicable urge
to take as many subjects as is humanly possible. So,
their percentage goes up, and universities, consequently,
raise the admission requirements, which force the next
students to take more subjects to meet these
requirements, and so on. For example, a few years
ago, the Faculty of Medicine in Alex used to accept
around 108 percent but now it accepts about 114
percent (don’t ask me how they calculate it if you want
to finish reading this sometime today!)
This, in turn, forces students to take up to three or four
AL’s, which is an incredibly difficult task to accomplish.
Also, you will be forced to study subjects in Summer
to be able to complete three or four AL’s. This means
you will be studying for almost three years, and will
not get a summer of complete freedom till you finish
your three years. Many IGCSE students that were in
my school and graduated told me “I wanted Medicine
and couldn’t get it in Alexandria so I was forced to go
Those are the lucky ones, as others were sent all the
way to Assuit. Not to mention the fact that all the
IGCSE, American Diploma and other certificates besides
‘Thanawiya Amma’ are given only five percent of the
places in the universities, whereas the other 95 percent
are given to the Egyptian certificate.
I realize that with all this I sound very anti-IGCSE, but
I do not regret choosing it. All I wish to do is explain
straightforwardly the drawbacks of it. I have taken care
not to bombard you with all the benefits of it, as these
will be found in ample supply in any school website or
brochure. So, for those of you still planning to enter
IGCSE, you have been forewarned. Anyone telling you
it is easy is either an idiot or a liar, plain and simple.
Those of you in your first year in IGCSE, study hard
and work hard or you will regret it.
Baher Ibrahim, 16
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One young student asked
her older friends how she
might resist unwanted peer
pressure. How can we help
the next generation not to
make our own mistakes?
“Don’t be a wimp!”
“You dress like my
parents…ha, ha, ha!”
“Come on! Everyone’s doing
“One wrong thing won’t hurt,
besides, you never do
peer pressure: “I have had a lot
of peer pressure in my life Stand Firm in what you believe in.
because I am quite small and Do not allow anyone to sway you
sometimes I used to get bullied. from your beliefs and values
The way to sort of deal with that Remember that you have the right
is not let it get to you. It can be to say No
really harmful and all but you The word ‘DARE’ starts with the
have to realize that you still have letter D and so does the word
friends and you still have a family ‘DUMB.’ Don’t be dumb. Don’t be
who support you. So, these controlled by a dare.
people that pressure you into
The pressure students can feel is
genuine and all teens have to face
How can young people resist peer it some way. Farah says, “I would
pressure and resolve problems in have to say that I have very little
schools and colleges? self-confidence and I’m unsure of
Farah Bishouty, from the Modern myself and so everyone else
English School has suggested one around me has more influence
way: over me because their ideas and
“You have to choose wisely. If you what they think is always on the
think that people are going to top of my mind.”
pressure you in to saying or doing My dear friends, we all have to
things that you don’t want to do, resist external pressures. Life is a
then it’s better for you just to leave big choice. You have the right to
them and find people who actually choose which road you want to
respect your ideas and principals.” walk along. Any decision you take
will affect your prosperity and well-
On the other hand, there is a being. In difficult times, cling to a
positive side to peer pressure. For true friend and to your family.
example, when you see others They will support you through the
excelling at school, or you hear a long journey of life.
friend traveling abroad to do Noha Kandil, 12,
charity work, this can inspire you Modern
to succeed. Wanting to be like English
someone else; successful, smart, School
funny, active or adventurous can
be a good thing.
Attempting to be a role model for
your group is a very positive
Unfortunately, there is a higher trying is a big you do something
Life to make choice. You
percentage of negative peer that you don’t want to do must
have the right to choose
pressure than positive. Many not be a road you want to
which high priority.”
people can be tempted to smoke
and take drugs in their teen years walk along
You can help a friend by being
because they see cool images one. This means that if someone
which make this acceptable. Others is smoking, you can’t stop them
are dared to prove they are tough. as this is difficult - they might
If you can resist smoking during think you are attacking their
your teen years, which is a very privacy - but the least you could
critical period, you probably will do is be their friend and support
never smoke in your life. them and help them in their times
Samantha Muller from the Modern of difficulties.
English School Cairo states her I believe that there are three key
opinion about how to deal with ways you can resist peer pressure.
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Practice what you preach. Even teen writers, here at Teen Stuff have complained in the past about
the music section, especially about the lack of diversity in the genres we write about, yet haven’t
done anything about it. We've been getting emails about how features are often uninteresting,
or how all or most of the reviews are about Pop music. At times, this is even out of our own control,
since most of the album reviews are handed down to us from their respective label companies.
But we’ve finally decided to take a stand and introduce something new. Aside from our new Musical
Thoughts section, we have a few features in store for the coming issues, focusing mainly on less
known, though quite talented, artists and bands. In this issue, due to the absence of our head
writer, Amr and I have taken it upon ourselves to compile a feature about four 'under the rock'
bands that are either misjudged, or completely unknown to the average music listener. Read on
about these four very ear-tingling bands, give our recommended tracks a spin, and we guarantee
you won't regret it!
dredge: (drums), the group was performing
original material with cover songs
thrown in at local clubs before they
had even graduated from high
school. The one thing that
separates dredge from other
'alternative rock' bands, aside from
their habit of creating conceptual,
flowing albums, is that they vividly
paint a cultural picture within the
music they create. Their musical
abilities, desires, and many
influences, blending cello, piano,
xylophone, and various percussion
instruments, allow them to cover
all ends of the musical spectrum;
everything from rock to jazz to
ambient drum and bass. Their
sound can never be categorized,
but it has been best stated as
Dino and Mark began playing
together in eighth grade, and their
older band mates joined during the
next few years. dredge was all over
the place, music wise, at the
"Is there logic to be found in every of reality, brings emotion to him beginning, starting as a "rapcore"
painting and in every work of art, and causes it to be in him?" band, which is evident from their
a design pleasurably acceptable to Hailing from Los Gatos, California, first two demo releases, with
the intelligence, details gathered dredge (officially spelt with a nothing really known about the
unerringly, in a coherent, rounded lowercase ’d’) began making music first, but the second was titled,
arrangement? And is there that in the early 1990's. Comprised of Conscious. Then in 1997, the band
which moves a person, stirs him Gavin Hayes (vocals/guitar), Mark set out to record an EP which was
in no confined way, pervades him Engles (guitar), Drew Roulette released independently. "Our first
with the serenity and discontent (bass) and Dino Campanella two recordings were written to be
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rhythmically aggressive" Dino says. States, gaining many fans along the isn’t to be famous and make money,
"We did the third one, Orph E.P., way. Leitmotif also happened to the goal for them is to be able to
because we wanted to grow up the catch the ears of several record create and evolve as artists and to
right way, from our roots with companies. dredge was approached connect with others who understand
harmony and melody." in late 2000 by Interscope Records and appreciate their art. El Cielo
"And before the sun runs out, a who offered them a contract allowing was another concept album, and
journey can change the mind." them full artistic/creative control again many of the songs flowed
Then Drew (bass) took a trip around over their music. The band took the continuously together. In August of
the globe, and when he returned contract and went to write and create 2003 the band began writing new
the band set out to the desert to new music. They demoed some material for their next record. The
record another album; this one material for the label, and somehow album was completed in the spring
entitled Leitmotif. With this release the songs ended up on the Internet, of 2005 and released in June with
in 1999, the band offers a tasteful but were never intended to be heard. the title; Catch Without Arms.
view of the musical forces that make The band at this point decided to Recommended first-time listener
them so unique in a 45 minute record their album at Skywalker tracks: Of The Room - Sanzen - The
recording of continuous music. The Ranch (Star Wars anybody!), and Canyon Behind her - Planting Seeds
release quickly gained much then finish it up on the East coast. - Hungover on A Tuesday.
recognition and received great El Cielo was released in October of
reviews, while the band toured 2002, gaining them great reviews
continuously all over the United and more recognition. Their goal
Muse the others were pop or funk-
pop, kinda Jamiroquai if you
want. We knew we had no
chance to win - we were
not the best musicians - it
was a matter of 'fitting'. So
we did the best we could,
we took advantage of our
feeling of being 'different'.
the world events of the last
year and a half. It's not that
we're a political band but I
think it's impossible to avoid
those things. I think there's
a lot of apocalyptic stuff
going on in a lot of the
songs. While we were
recording all the war (with
We came on stage with Iraq) was coming out and
make up all over our face, we were in the process of
we were very aggressive, recording while watching
we played very violently and that. The direction definitely
then we broke everything took a pretty harsh change
on stage. All that, to say in the middle of it all. In
that the will, the attitude relation to the album it's
meant a lot to us. So we come across more as a
won. And I think that general fear and mistrust
psychologically it changed of the people in power. It's
many things in our heads. about moments of extreme
Because we came to lose, fear, and a fair bit of end of
we expected to lose. And the world talk."
we were angry somehow. Matt also explains how it is
And we had just realized at different from Showbiz and
this time that we could Origin of Symmetry, their
replace lots of things. We last two albums. "In the
realized that emotion, the past I was layering guitars
vibrations that you create quite a lot but this time I
are as important as your wanted to get just one
technical skills. We had just guitar part to stand out and
discovered something: be just perfect. On the last
music is a matter of album, Origin of Symmetry,
emotion. Rocket Baby Dolls for example, on songs like
was then renamed Muse. Citizen Erased or Micro Cuts,
"It's about moments of I did a lot of multiple guitar
extreme fear..." parts. But when I went to
Their newest album, do it live, I actually found
"Music is a matter of came when Matt, Dom
Absolution, was going to be myself simplifying the guitar
emotion." and Chris formed a band
uplifting, but then the US parts and found that the
English in origin, Muse named Rocket Baby Dolls
and the UK went to fight simple parts were much
consists of Matthew and entered a ‘battle of
Iraq in the Gulf and more effective and much
Bellamy (vocalist, the bands’ competition. "I
everything changed. "In more powerful sounding. So
guitarist, and pianist), remember the first real
terms of general context," in making this album,
Chris Wolstenholme (bass concert we ever made was
says Matt "The world has instead of recording the
guitarist) and Dominic for a band competition,"
changed in the last year, songs in layers, I was
Howard (drummer). The says Matt "We were the
beginnings of the band only real rock band; all
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actually working on the parts a lot more before I recorded them."
"It's about showing people that there are things inside buried that should be exposed, and having no shame about them."
2004 was full of drama for Muse. A live show in Glastonbury was marred by tragedy as just hours after coming off, Dom’s
father died of a heart attack after seeing his son play live. "It was the biggest feeling of achievement we've ever had after
coming offstage", Bellamy says. "It was almost surreal that an hour later his dad died. It was almost not believable. We
spent about a week sort of just with Dom trying to support him. I think he was happy that at least his dad got to see him
at probably what was the finest moment so far of the band's life."
Muse's future still seems to be full of creativity, as they plan to record their fourth album after taking some time off with
family and friends. "For me", Matt says, "Muse is about getting the hopes, dreams, desires, frustrations out of your system
that you wouldn't normally be able to do. It's about showing people that there are things inside buried that should be
exposed, and having no shame about them. We can communicate no matter the environment."
Recommended first-time listener tracks: Plug In Baby - Muscle Museum - Dead Star - Sing For Absolution - Showbiz -
Stockholm Syndrome - The Small Print.
meningitis. 1998 was the year that 2001 and entered the studio for their
witnessed the bands best selling LP, next album.
Follow the Leader. Their next studio album was
While recording the album the band Untouchables (2002)that included the
made national headlines when a student songs. Here to stay and Alone I break.
The album was followed by ‘’Take a look
in Zeeland, MI, was suspended for in the mirror’’ there 6th studio album
wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the released in 2003, includes the hit single
group's logo; the school's principal later Did My Time, the song was taken as the
declared their music "indecent, vulgar sound track for the movie Tomb Raider.
and obscene," prompting the band to Same year the band also, covered the
issue a cease-and-desist order. song one of Metallica, the song was
Their annual ‘Family Values Tour’ also played at MTvIcon Metallica.
started in 1998, featuring a lineup that Greatest hits Vol. 1 2004 the bands
latest releases includes there best
consisted of Korn collaborators such as recorded tracks over the years form
Limp Bizkit and Ice Cube and likeminded Korn till Take a look in the mirror also,
artists such as Rammstein. The tour the band cover the three parts song of
was an enormous success, so much so Pink Floyd Another Brick in Wall, also
that it continued on with Korn overseeing the band recorded a video for the three
‘’Musical revolutions can foment in the the lineup for years after. part songs. korn filmed the video live
oddest places: Athens, Georgia; A Year after 1999, the band released at st.louis on the ‘’Projekt revolution’
Aberdeen, Washington; Bakersfield, there fourth studio album, Issues. The tour this summer.
California’’. band went on tour for there new album The band latest news: Korn has parted
ways with guitarist Brian ‘’head’’ Welch
Bakersfield…that was it, a bleak, arid but unfortunately their efforts were cut chosing another religious path. Korn
little town. short by an injury that took out drummer respects brain wishes and hopes that
Korn began its existence as the David Silveria. Instead of canceling there he finds happiness in what he’s searching
Bakersfield, CA-based metal band LAPD, tour they hired former Faith No More for. Jonathan, Fieldy, James and David
which included guitarists James ‘Munky’ drummer Mike Bordin to help them finish are personally closer than ever and
Shaffer, Brian ‘Head’ Welch, bassist the remaining shows, and took a short currently in the studio for their 8th
Reginald ‘Fieldy Snuts’, Arvizu, and rest before joining a summer tour with record. The record is due to be released
drummer David Silveria. After issuing Metallica, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000, this coming September.
Recommended Tracks: Freak on a Leash
an LP, the members of LAPD in 1993 and System of a Down; one of there - Make Me Bad - Alone I Break - Here
crossed paths with a troubled past best tours ever. to Stay – Blind.
named Davis, the lead vocalist for the Hope you enjoyed our new section
local group Sexart soon after asking Silveria made his return once again but ‘’Under the Rock’’ (and Roll), that
Jonathan to join the band. The band rumors were spreading of leaving the features bands that you know and bands
found a name for there new lineup with band for a fashion career, but these that you don’t know. So keep on check’
Davis ‘Korn.’ Korn was a combination were merely stemming from some in our new section, till now rock on m/.
of two bands: Sexart and LAPD. They modeling work he had done before his
all had common influences - the angry, injury. Fieldy released a ‘gangsta’ rap
album and Davis scored the film Queen Written by: Amr Reda, 20
urban styling of hip-hop, the heavy, riff- of the Damned in the meantime, but
driven angst of death metal. Mohamed Maged, 19
the band resurfaced as a unit toward Compiled by:
Together the band signed there first the end of
recording label, Epic's Immortal Imprint.’ Amr Reda, 20
After signing, the band issued there
debut album in late 1994 that carried
the band name Korn. The album raised
the charts and went gold.
The band tour schedule included stints
opening by Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth,
Marilyn Manson, and 311. Two years Sources:
later (1996) the band released there Korn.com Microcuts.net
second studio album, Life Is Peachy. Muse-official
The album was even a more immediate dredge-official
smash, reaching the number three Guitarist Magazine
spot on the pop album charts. The Q Magazine
following summer the band was the Herald Sun Newspaper
forced to drop off the tour when
Shaffer was diagnosed with viral
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9. TV’s Dark Angel Grows Full Wings
By Ahmed Raafat
If you’d have asked anyone about
the name Jessica Alba some two or
three years ago, you’d have probably
gotten the same obvious answer- it
must be someone associated to that
Swiss watch brand in one way or
another. The fact is that before this
summer movie season kicked off,
she was an obscure name that would
only be heard in sci-fi conventions,
and that’s it. Now, she’s cemented
a solid reputation as the hottest up
and coming on the scene, as
we’re treated to a double dose of
goodness from Jessica Alba, who
takes the female lead in two of this
summer’s biggest blockbusters: as
Nancy Callahan, she is the heart of
Robert Rodriguez’s murky world of
Sin City, the big screen adaptation of
Frank Miller’s critically acclaimed
comic book noir, and as Sue Storm,
AKA The Invisible Woman, she is the
maternal instinct of superhero team
the Fantastic Four, in yet another big
screen adaptation of the long
running Marvel comic book series.
So it’s fair enough to say that it’s
near impossible to avoid Jessica Alba
commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney followed,
But we can’t imagine why anyone would want to and at the age of 15, Alba relocated to Australia as
anyway. Once known to the world as James she was signed as a regular in a revamp of the
Cameron’s Dark Angel in Fox’s short-lived TV sci-fi dolphin-friendly family TV series, Flipper.
series, Alba, with party-size lips, soulful brown eyes,
a sizzling diamond smile, unflappable sassiness and A growth spurt in all the right places ensured that
dark beauty, has overnight become an object of Alba gracefully made the transition from child starlet
fantasy for male movie-goers. But it’s not all looks to adult stardom, and a couple of guest appearances
for Alba, and behind that pretty face and taut body in television serials and supporting turns in Never
lies talent that begs to be taken seriously. Been Kissed and Idle Hands didn’t harm either. And
while Alba’s career wasn’t descending into anything
Born in Pomona, California, on April 28, 1981, Jessica worse, as it is the case with most child stars, it
Alba was literally dragged across country as her wasn’t moving forward into anything better either,
father, an air force officer, traveled from one area and Alba was desperate for a career boost. Then
to another. In love with the idea of becoming an came James Cameron with a chance of a lifetime.
actress from the tender age of five, she was 12 Fresh from Titanic, Cameron offered Alba the titular
before she took her first acting class. Nine months role in his first TV effort, a sci-fi feature pitched as
later, Alba was signed by an agent, and made her an urban youth ensemble drama, a hip-hop Jump
debut in the 1993 kids movie Camp Nowhere. Street sort of thing, with transgenics- genetically
Originally hired for two weeks, she replaced a enhanced humans engineered to break hell loose.
principal actress when the latter suddenly dropped
out. Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn't her prodigious Alba, as it happens, is something of a genetics
talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her experiment all her own. Part Spanish, part Danish,
to take over the part--it was her hair, which matched part Canadian, and part Italian, she isn't exactly
the original performer's. The two-week job stretched the blue-eyed Aryan that usually gets cloned on sci-
to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an fi shows. Which is precisely what Cameron and show
impressive first credit. Two national television producer Eglee wanted. "The Nazis had it all wrong,"
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10. says Eglee. "If you're really going to assemble the best of humanity, why not cross the whole genetic spectrum?
So that's what we were looking for. We wanted someone with a transgenic look, but who was also a good enough
actress to carry an entire show."
Cameron spent more than a year scouring casting agencies and college campuses, auditioning close to a thousand
actresses before Alba's video ended up on Cameron's TV monitor. And even then it wasn't love at fist sight. "She
didn't look that beautiful to me when I first saw her on tape," Cameron says. "She wasn't the ravishing beauty we
now know her to be. And she wasn't particularly physically fit. But there was something about her-an attitude, a
sass-that made me keep thinking of her."
Eventually Alba landed the role of the leather-clad, biker-chick Max Guevara,
a transgenic runaway who fights an oppressive state in a 2019 post-apocalypse,
Pacific Northwest together with a colorful array of characters, who have clearly
been molded carefully to cover every demographic. The show was an immediate
hit, and Alba’s career was elevated to new heights. But despite the show’s
sheer popularity, it was cancelled after a meager two seasons only to be
replaced with Joss Whedon’s Firefly, and, Alba was out of work again. Trying
to capitalize on her streetwise attitude, and the urban persona that the fans
now identified with, Honey was an unremarkable attempt at an urban, hip-
hop Flash Dance. The unfeasibly gorgeous brunette then decided to dye her
hair blonde and realized that not only do blondes have more fun; they get
better roles too.
According to director Robert Rodriguez and writer Frank Miller, Nancy Callahan
is arguably the most important character in their gore fiesta Sin City. Listen
to the dynamic duo talking about Nancy and words like ‘angel’, ‘innocent’ and
‘hope’ will probably pop up every three seconds, which if shows anything, it
is that the role of Nancy Callahan is quite different from any of Alba’s earlier
roles, a thing that gave Alba a hard time trying to get the part. ‘It wasn't easy,’
says Alba. ‘For a lot of other people it was, "Please come and be in my movie".
With me, it was, "Oh, really? Jessica? For Nancy? Does she want to do that?
Can she do that?" I had to go and fight for it, because I've never played
anything so sweet and innocent; I always play girls who are a bit more brassy
and tough and kick-ass.’ Even Alba herself had doubts of whether she wanted
to shake off her young girl image and cultivate a more mature one taking up
a role as complicated as Nancy. So, she might symbolize innocence in the filthy
world of Basin city, but she’s also an exotic dancer who’s in love with an older
man she’s met when she was only 11. ‘I don't know. Honestly, I change my
mind so much and you grow so much, I'm really young, 22, and in five years,
my idea of what I want to do and not do may change,’ Alba explains.
Alba’s other movie for 2005 was yet another big screen adaptation of a famous
comic book, this time the Fantastic Four, Marvel’s long running series about
a family of superheroes. In Fantastic Four, Alba plays Sue Storm, a once-
scientist-turned-superhero after exposure to solar radiation which left her with
the power to become invisible. She also serves as a love interest to the team’s
leader, Dr. Reed Richards, AKA Mr. Fantastic, and the older sister of Johnny
Storm, AKA the Human Torch. The decision to cast Alba as Sue Storm somewhat
enthralled the fans at first, because of Alba’s ethnic origins, and even blue
contacts and a skin tight suit couldn’t change that much. ‘I expected them to
boo me, because of the whole Latin thing,’ explains Alba, ‘I thought they were
going to hate me, and they were nice. I do what I do for a living for the fans.
I don't do it because I'm excited about being famous, or because I like to
watch myself on screen. I don't believe I'm any better, or special, or any of
that. I truly do it because somebody can have a good time and escape their
life and fantasize. That's why I go to movies, to escape my reality and go into
someone else's world for an hour and a half.’
Next for Alba is Into The Blue, which we should be queuing for already if Alba’s
synopsis was any accurate. ‘It’s Blue Crush meets The Fast and The Furious.
Just go with no expectations, have a good sugar rush and watch a lot of pretty
pictures.’ Pretty pictures, we are sure getting a heap load of that.
TV’s Dark Angel Grows Full Wings
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11. A Scene Through Three
found great difficulty in entering the museum
and conducting the survey there. After a series
of arguments and finally getting permission, it
all ended up by the fact that we, first, have to
take permission from the State Security to conduct
our survey and we were actually kicked out!!
Now, I guess you are all ready to read this survey
that subjected us to this bad experience.
Knocking the Doors
Starting up, the opening question was, “If you
were given the chance to live abroad, would you
go for it?"
Half of the teens interviewed (50%) chose to live
abroad if they were given a real chance there.
Others preferred to stay for the sake of their
parents and families. The rest, simply, said ‘No.’
Half of the teens
interviewed (50%) chose
to live abroad if they were
These questions led to endless discussions and talks, it
was like everyone had something on their mind and given a real chance there
wanted to express it frankly.
The Social Club thought of sharing the idea with teens
and youth out there so as to reflect the clear image on
a wider screen!
We divided ourselves into two groups. A group went to We were hoping to meet anyone to tell us, "I'd
City Stars and the other group went to El Tahrir Square stay because this is my country and I can't live
since we were looking for a diversity in age groups and anywhere else" but, unfortunately, we didn't.
The latter went to AUC first and then to the Egyptian In addition to all the situations that we faced in
Museum. It's worth mentioning that the second group the process of conducting this survey the most
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12. most of the new
regulations. This also
hilarious one were the answers that were so clearly shows how
contradicting. Egyptians no longer
Well, the question was, “What major problems are feel the brotherhood
we facing as a society and who do you think is between them as dictionary. And the second one is that
responsible, the government or the community?” citizens, as some some Egyptians take their full rights
classes in our society and others don't enjoy these rights,
We never knew what hit us! We were dumbfounded deny the right for maybe because they have no idea who
by the diversity of the responses. None of the others to live a they are.
answers focused on a single problem, every body better life. People
stated a very different answer from the other, none
of them agreed on one thing! Don't you think it's
feel that they are not
in their homeland as
Firm Vs Firmer Regulations
a little bit weird that out of the 60 or more people they see foreigners As we said before, more regulations
we asked none of them had the same answer to are treated better negatively affect poor, helpless citizens.
the problems we are facing as a society? Population, than them. Besides, So what can we do to overcome
employment, prices, ethics, no regulations etc… We the government negative things in Egypt? As we all see
can go on forever about the answers we got. The offers them security we don't need more regulations as we
real fix is this, about 95% thought that the one more than it does to have many laws already existing but
responsible for all problems is the government Now
that is hilarious! The government may be responsible
but hey! So are we…we can't just blame every single
When you throw paper
problem we are facing as a society on the
government. When you throw paper on the street,
or break the speed limit on the road, this is a choice!
Now, all that was just an intro to what we were
about to face. on the street, or break
“Do you consider yourself a dedicated citizen? And
do you think we lack the spirit to make Egypt better?” the speed limit on the
I expected the answers to these two simple (or so
I thought) questions to be at least related, but little
did I know. Most of those who answered said that
road, this is a choice!
they all considered themselves dedicated but some
how they also said that they lack the spirit!! For Egyptians. Through where are, the executive authorities in
me, this survey helped me realize something I didn't our survey we found all this? Careless behavior of some
see at first; we have no idea what we want, every a bit over 35% of citizens is a result of the absence of
body wants something different and we rarely agree the people say that strong executive authorities. Why don't
on anything! Egypt, as a we have a direct path of discussion
government and between the government and all the
Fighting on Both Fronts respect the rights of
citizens? This path will regain the mutual
trust and respect that we all lack. This
Egyptians and a bit path will also help in stating the rights
over 33% of them of citizens and the rights towards our
Many of us are calling for change in each and every say that rights are
area of our life. One of the main changes needed country in order to change the attitude
respected to some of Egyptians. Making a new way for
is giving more rights to citizens. Talking about rights extent which gives
reminds us of a big question mark which is, "Are favoritism will help a lot in executing
us two different the composed laws. In our survey one
our current rights as Egyptians respected by the conclusions. First of
government and the community?" half of the people divided agreed to
them is that some apply firm and strict regulations but
Looking to life around us we found many rights are respected
circumstances related to this subject. One of the the other half totally disagreed as we
and other rights already have the laws but we lack
solid examples is that poor, helpless citizens are the don't really exist in
ones who always suffer from the consequences of strong and strict executive authority
the Egyptian which will help a lot in getting the
people accustomed to the regulations
from the beginning.
The Bigger Dilemma
"The mutual mistrust between the
government and the community is the
biggest problem in Egypt; it's the most
dangerous disease that can affect a
country. Each of them blames the other
for any problem"
That was one of the replies we got
when asked, ”to what extent do you
trust the government talk?”
It was shocking to know that more than
ninety percent of youth lack that trust.
Maybe because people are fed up with
promises and optimistic visions of the
reality they are living in.
At the time people want to know the
truth, they find an extreme
contradiction between what they read
in the National newspapers on one side
and the opposition newspapers on the
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National TV channels compared with
other satellite channels. People simply
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the community is the biggest problem in Egypt; it's
the most dangerous disease that can affect a country
find themselves lost between two we still do have the Egyptian spirit. loving and caring about each other.
extremes, not knowing which to To our surprise, many focused on It always happens that Egyptians
believe. That brought us to ask about the fact that Egyptians are the can't produce good team work; we
the improvements the people felt in kindest, friendliest, and funniest and, prefer more individual work. We keep
the last few years. Approximately above all, the most welcoming people criticizing each other all the time not
70% replied that there were no great you'd ever meet around the world. knowing that this way we are losing
improvements; the rest believed that Moreover, they added the fact that our cooperative spirit altogether.
there were some important National Egypt is a secure country and has Ending up, we asked everyone about
projects like Toshka, tax laws and charming weather in winter. Others his predictions for Egypt after twenty
above all, a more Democratic focused on places like Sharm El years.
atmosphere. Moreover, they added Sheikh and Hurghada alongside other We got very discouraging answers;
projects such as bridges and malls. natural places like Siwa Oasis and only 30% said that we will be better.
The answers for this question Egyptian rural life. It's a fact that
reflected two main points. The first Egypt is rich, maybe the richest in Away From Home: Egyptians Living
its old monuments and ancient places Abroad
Many of us are but we still have other unique things
According to the CIA Fact Book,
calling for change Stepping Up to the Better nearly five million Egyptians are
living abroad. Since this number is
in each and every We tried to inquire about the first
very large, we have decided to
conduct a survey directed towards
area of our life step that should be taken to make
Egypt better. We got a variety of
those five million. Even though many
of them tend to lose their Egyptian
answers, some said education while identity overtime, on average, they
others said democracy. Here, we visit Egypt once a year.
is that not all people are aware of reached a, somewhat, stopping point.
what improvements are done in our How can teens and youth conclude
country. The second one is that no Many Egyptians living abroad are
that the first step is democracy while among the educated class and are
one can deny that we are improving the majority of them don't participate
day after day but the thing that really used to living in First World
in any activity related to political life! Democratic nations. Thus, they can
counts is the rate we are improving We aren't criticizing more than
by. easily point out major problems,
stating the fact. Maybe the media here in Egypt, that are seen on a
or the educational background made daily basis. These problems, as we
Smelling the Charming us either careless or preferring not all know, include traffic,
Egyptian Scent to participate in any of these overpopulation, and pollution. Based
activities. on the survey, some added that
Egypt is not only the great past with Another question that really bothered peoples’ manners are deteriorating
its ‘Pharonic’ scent but, for us, it is us was, “What things should be which makes them harder to deal
both the present and the future. changed in our lifestyle as Egyptian with. Moreover, a very common issue
That was what we were trying to teens?” found worldwide is that actors and
prove by asking the people we Many teens said we must be less singers are more respected than
surveyed, “What would you say to Westernized and stop blindly postmen and laborers, although,
convince a tourist to visit Egypt imitating the West all the time. We they put all their effort into
without mentioning any historical have no other choice than being contributing to their country.
places?” ourselves and we must have the full
About 75% of the answers were confidence in our Egyptian traditions. But who is to blame?! Is the
really encouraging and showed that In addition, we must try to be more government responsible? Or is it the
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14. community? According to our survey said 10, and 20% said 8. about coming to
results, the majority of Egyptians Egypt. They
living abroad believe it is both the Sometimes we wonder why believe that
government and the community’s immigrants leave the country and Egypt’s history and
responsibility, while a minority put if they would ever want to come landscape is
the blame solely on the government. home. Well, people mostly leave for absolutely f
Most of them say that ascinating and amazing, which
Egyptians no longer they would return if
the overall condition
should make us all proud.
feel the brotherhood of Egypt is better. But,
as the saying goes,
‘Once you have drunk
The Top Funniest Answers
between them as from the Nile, you will
We'd like to share with you the
funniest answers we heard about
citizens In the Eyes of a
some of our questions. We never
imagined that we'll get such answers
out of the blue!
In order to solve the problems that Stranger. What are the things we should
Egyptians are facing, we need to
decide, what is the first step that
(Foreigners) change in our lifestyle as
should be taken to improve towards Finally, the last part of the survey Our names!!
a better and brighter future? The was to ask non-Egyptians about
majority of people surveyed under what they think of Egypt. These If you were given the chance to
this category are convinced that foreigners included people from the live abroad, would you go for
with better education, youth would Middle East, Canada, and USA. 40% it?
have a wider range of general of these foreigners have visited Denmark
knowledge. With knowledge, we Egypt, while the remaining 60%
would have the power to do have not although they would love Do you trust the government
anything we wish for. to. One of the people surveyed said, words? Why?
“I want to visit Egypt for the history No. See the history!
After observing the attitudes of of it and to compare the differences
many Egyptians, one can conclude between how I (representing If you are trying to convince a
that our Egyptian society lacks the Americans) perceive it and the foreigner to visit Egypt, what
sense of patriotism. How often do actual reality of it.” would you
you hear anyone say “I’m proud to say? (Excluding any historical
be Egyptian”? Hardly ever! Most When asked about what they think sites... etc)
people gain their patriotism only when they first meet an Egyptian, Stay there, and take me with you!
after leaving the country and feeling most of the ones surveyed believe
that it is unfair to judge Would you ever want to come
people based on live in Egypt? Why? (to a
appearance or race, but foreigner)
rather get to know that No, because my girlfriend is there.
Some Egyptians take their person and have a full
understanding of their
full rights and others don't background and culture,
instead of bias
Reaching the Core
enjoy these rights, maybe judgment. Last but not least, we had to say
that we wrote this article out of our
because they have no idea As we have asked other great and true love to our country
Egypt. It was out of the complete
who they are people, we have asked
non-Egyptians for their perception of what Egypt really
perspective on how we, means to all of us. We decided to
as Egyptians, should take the initiative to make it better
change for a better and and to focus on both the negative
brighter future. and positive points. We thought that
Although many would it's our role that pushes our pens
not respond since they to write about this thorny issue in
are not well-informed the democratic atmosphere that
enough, an interesting we're enjoying nowadays.
response that was given
by a Canadian was that Written by:
we should drive better!! Alaa Jalal, 19
I wonder how she knew Injy Yehia, 20
about that. Another Kareem Abd El Moniem, 21
foreigner said that we Noha Samara, 21
need to be happier. Raghda Salama, 15
However, the most Rasha El Komy, 20
important response that
every Egyptian citizen
should take as a piece Compiled by:
of advice is, Noha Samara
“Remembering the past, Head of the Social Club
while embracing the
future. A lot of older Special Thanks to:
countries tend to strive for one.” Dina El Sebaie, 20
homesick. In our survey, we asked Noha El Nahal, 21
a number of Egyptians who have As a final and closing question, we Shady Sadat, 21
immigrated to state their level of asked the foreigners, “Would you
patriotism on a scale of 1 - 10, ever want to come live in Egypt and Illustration by:
where 10 is the most, and 1 is the why?” Adnan Hesham
least. According to our results, 80% The majority are very enthusiastic
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15. Exclusive Interview
The Nile FM crew go on trial! So,
are they guilty? Read on to find out
what these four very different
personalities are up to in court!
Simon: A lot! Bigger Simon: Nodding
competitions, more his head
concerts, more chances vigorously, “Yes,
to meet their favorite yep, yeah
celebrities, more definitely, for
chances to travel and sure,
guess what, with all absolutely...” I
that going on, we’ll still had to cut him off
First off, I started with the big be delivering the best and say ‘got it’
kahoona...the one and only, Simon new music and fresh otherwise, he
Ramsdon. young talents out would have said
there! Hahaha...but I yes in every
MOE: “Do you swear to tell the think Cairo and the known language.
truth, the whole truth, and nothing rest of the world can
but the truth?” I asked, standing handle it, don’t you? MOE: What do you
up as tall and scary looking as I I just nodded like about Egypt?
could. wondering what Simon: The
Simon: “Yeah, sure why not?” he would happen if I diversity, it’s a very
asked in that relaxed tone of his. asked for some free diverse country; it’s
I smiled and relaxed...this could tickets. a country full of
actually go smoothly, I thought. MOE: What about many stories. It’s a
MOE: “So, Mr. Simon...”I was cut new additions to the country that takes
off...Simon raised his hand into Nile FM crew, you everywhere! He
my face! anything stirring up said that with the
Simon: “Objection!” he yelled out. there? music in the
“Just call me Simon,” he said with Simon: There is a background that
a smile… Wow! Was that smooth big possibility of made me crack up
or what! taking on two or and fall over
MOE: OK, Simon, you’re the boss, more people, laughing...I actually
but does that mean that what you possibly local fell down on my back,
say goes? talents. My and laughed for a few
Simon: “Well.” A smirk appeared eyebrow shot up... seconds before
on his face. “Within reason, you maybe I had a regaining control of
see, I’m always open to shot! myself and wiping the
suggestions from within and MOE: Radio, radio, tears from my eyes.
outside the team...fehemt?” I radio. Is working MOE: What don’t you
nodded still on my best behavior. in the radio like about Egypt?
MOE: So, what can the listeners industry all you Simon: Not a lot. The
expect from the Nile FM in the ever wanted to traffic and people
near future? do? always trying to cheat
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16. you out of your memory!
And a few other little Rob: It wasn’t me I swear! he squeaked.
things that don’t deserve MOE: Did you or did you not let the horse out of
even mentioning. its stable? Remember, you are under oath!
MOE: In three words After biting at his nails, shaking and sweating he
express how you feel confessed.
about Nile FM in Egypt. Rob: I did! You see, i had a vision in the night
Simon: Excited, weary as from beings from a far off planet. I think it was
in ...ya3ny, and Pluto, I can’t remember, but they
optimistic. made me do it! They teleported
MOE: How would you these little things into my head which
enabled me to read the horses
Simon: I like to think that thoughts, and the horse screamed,
‘Out let me out!’ You see, the poor
I’m caring. I like to give
people chances I never thing was allergic to hay; I can’t help
had when I was young myself!
MOE: So, is our Simon
Ramsdon in love? MOE: Tell me Rob, what is it you
Simon: Blushing and really miss about the UK?
biting his lips; “There is Rob: Family, seeing my little sister's
a sweetheart.” baby growing up, the convenience
MOE: “Simon, I’ll say a of buying things I really need; things
word and you have to say I can’t buy here. He said this with
the first thing that pops the weirdest grin I’ve ever seen! I
into your head.” He nods. miss clubbing all night long to the
bark of dawn. I miss Birmingham,
Nile FM = funny my home town.
Love = confusing MOE: What do you dislike about
Music = exciting Egypt?
Rob: Cruelty to animals I guess. Did
Radio = passion
Cow = milk
Check you see those starving donkeys
Studio = knobs (I burst Me getting smacked with huge sticks?
That really gets the kettle boiling,
out laughing when he said
Out! that does!
Egypt = complex MOE: Tell me something about you;
UK = crowded something you’ve kept to yourself
Lou = good hearted and not bothered telling people.
Rob = kind Rob: I'm alone, very lonely, I'm
Alison = ambitious single, I hate being single. Can you
Nat = funny put my mobile number in Teen Stuff?
Tom = complex On second thought, I better not, I'll
Heba = sweet get shouted at!
Saffy = hungry MOE: What have you learnt since
Moe = down to earth coming to work at Nile FM?
Rob: I haven't learnt anything new
Simon then had to get on I guess. Maybe I did learn how to live and adapt
air, grabbed Rob shoved to Egypt, oh yeah, tolerance, I learnt how to have
him into his little office, a lot of tolerance.
shut the door and eyed MOE: “Rob, I’ll say a word, and you have to say
him. He sat looking up at the first thing that pops into your head.” He nods.
me. Nile FM = moment of silence then he bursts into
laughter. It's cool
Love = being with someone you care about
Music = passion
Radio = his leg now bobbing up and down. Exciting
Cow = milk
Studio = cockpit
Egypt = smoking
UK = beautiful but cold
Lou = caring and funny
Alison = funny and bubbly
Nat = confident and knows what she wants out of
Tom = talkative, and very ambitious
Heba = loud and great fun to be with
Saffy = he is a small young dude
Simon = mad
Moe = one cool dude
MOE: Rob one last question; can you see yourself
working with Nile FM?
Rob: “No. you see Moe, there is always someone
out there trying to get into your shoes, in radio
nothing lasts forever but for the music.” Well said.
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17. Up next on the stand was Alison Espirit! That was that…and then I caught a glimpse
MOE: “Remember Alison, you’ve been sworn under of Natalie Carney trying to make an
oath that means you can't lie.” She grins eating her escape…oh no…she wasn't going to get
Pringles and nods. away.
MOE: OK…there’s something in Ali that everyone
likes, whether it be your sense of humor, or how MOE: So you thought of getting away!
easy going you are…but what do you like about you? Did you or did you not steal Alison's pen?
Ali: “My humor.” Then she bursts into laughter for Natalie: “Probably did…I stole something
no apparent reason…OK! else too,” she said, with a smirk which
MOE: If you could be something other than a radio made me go through my stuff fearing
presenter, what would you be? she had robbed me…but no, everything
Ali: “A music producer, oh yeah, definitely!” Just
for the record, hehehe…is what followed; she kept
was in its place.
giggling all the way through the interrogation. Other Moe: Are you a real blond?
than working in the music industry, a plus sized Natalie: I'm a dirty blond. OK…if you say
model, as to represent all the big sized women out so… That's why I sometimes I dye my
there. Isn’t she just the sweetest thing around?! hair a lighter shade.
MOE: What don't you like about Egypt? MOE: What's your personality like?
Ali: People ripping you off. In my opinion, that really Natalie: “That depends on whether I'm
lets the country down. in Mohandeseen or Maadi.” Fair enough.
MOE: What do you like? MOE: What's the weirdest call you ever
Ali: Kooshary! The people here and the sunshine got?
come second to kooshary that's for sure! Bursts out Natalie: “There is that rude one, and
into laughing fit, and so do I! some guy who said he recorded
MOE: Simon’s the boss, but does everyone do what everything I’ve ever said on radio, and
he tells them to do? then all he does is play back my voice;
Ali: “No! Of course not! Simon has no power over some people may think it's nice, but I
us.” Laughs a little and has that big childish grin. think it's weird!” I agree.
“Don't tell me him I said that though, OK Moe?” MOE: What would you want to be other
MOE: Sure thing! My lips are sealed…. and my
fingers are crossed…hehehe…who's laughing now! than a radio presenter?
MOE: What’s the most annoying call you ever got? Natalie: “A war correspondent for the
Ali: This really rude guy; very, very rude guy who BBC.” That knocked me off the seat
calls all of us, I think he needs some mental help MOE: A question off the record - what
if you know what I mean…he’s just rude and very do you think of a stud like me?
weird! Natalie: Give it five years and you can
MOE: “What's the most memorable call you got, leave your number at the door, and
besides me calling you?” Cheeky little guy, aren't I? maybe cause your Lebanese, you can
Ali: This really nice 40 year old gentleman, who scratch a couple of years off making
called up and sang on karaoke night even though that three years…I'm not complaining!
he didn't like today’s style of music. He joined cause MOE: What do you love about Egypt?
he really liked the show and Natalie: The friendships, the weather
the way it was presented, and the opportunities.
that meant a great deal to MOE: What don't you like about Egypt?
me. Natalie: Taxi horns and people staring at me all the time…you're
MOE: So, what do you think doing it now! She pokes me in the eye and I fall off the table!
of a cute 19 year old six foot Help! Natalie is attacking me. She does a body dive and her
tall, handsome guy like me?
Ali: Too young for me, but elbow crashes down on my chest breaking a few ribs in the
very cute. process! Just joking.
MOE: OK…ask me a question MOE: What do you miss about Canada?
you want to know the answer Natalie: The fresh air in general and rocky mountains.
to MOE: Tell me something no one knows about you.
Ali: Can I have the necklace Natalie: Only those really close know this; my family and now
you're wearing? all the Teen Stuff readers, I have a very low self- esteem; and
MOE: “Hell no!” I screamed oh! In my past life, I was Marlin Monroe!
out! Then, politely gave the MOE: “Nat, I’ll say a word, and you have to say the first thing
necklace to Alison. Simon that pops into your head.” She nods.
was behind us screaming, Nile FM = desert and tomato sauce
“Oh Alison how mean! I knew Love = journalism and Lebanese guys. She winks and I wink
you were going to ask that!” back.
MOE: “Alison, I’ll say a word, Music = guitar and chocolate chips
and you have to say the first Radio = polar bear fur
thing that pops into your Cow = chicken and a girl I knew back in high school
head.” She nods. Egypt = happiness
Nile FM = fantastic
Love = complicated Simon= spiritual
Music = wicked Alison = happy and giggly
Radio = fun Rob = tall and hilarious
Cow = moOoO Tom = the never ending story and oranges
Studio = technical Moe = Lebanese
Egypt = cultural
UK = cold And that was that. The Nile FM crew were found guilty of
being great presenters!
Simon = funny
Moe = very talented… Interviewed and written by:
hehehe… Mohamed El Fadel, 19
AKA BiG MoE
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18. Emmy Tarek, 18
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19. Open Letter Prose
You sit there like you're perfect.
Well, you're not. You think that
you have something that no one
else has got. You act like the
queen of the world but you're
like any other girl. Why are you
such a show-off?
No one really even cares. Why
did I get stuck with you when
the teacher put us in pairs? Yes,
I'm stuck with you, how can this
be? Did the teacher have to do
this? Put you in a group with
me? But I'm finding out more
about you than I ever thought I
knew; whose mind I never knew.
I guess that old saying's true;
“there's more than meets the
Now I know that you have as
much troubles as I. So, in the Friendship begins with than many people will
inside there's as much as there meeting someone along ever know."
the path of life,
is to me as you I have one thing someone you get to Friendship is “two
left to say; I'm sorry that I judged know and gradually get hearts that share and
you. to know even better. which are able to say
You discover what a joy things no outsiders ever
Marybeth, 13 it is to spend your could. It's an inner door
moments with this that only a friend has
person. the key to.”
It's nice the way the Friendship is a gift
good feelings remain, continually giving
the happiness lasts and happiness, it’s strong
the memories you make and supportive, and few
start to turn into some things in the entire
of your favorite world will ever compare
treasures. with the joy that comes
Friendship is “two paths from its wonderful bond.
converging on the way Friendship is "the only
to the same beautiful thing that everyone
view." must cherish all his life,
Friendship is walking because it’s something
the way together. that every person can
Friendship is “opening always count on.
up to one another,
sharing thoughts and So please guys, if you
feelings in a way that find real friendship,
never felt very don’t ever lose it or let
comfortable before. It's it go.
a complete trust,
sweetened with a lot From: Reham Sabry
more understanding To: Amira Hussein
Have you ever been together, you and your best friends
laughing and enjoying a care free moment, when suddenly
everything starts in slow motion and you can not help drifting
in your mind for a while, wondering how long will this moment
last before you are separated by fate?
The best three years of my life was over, in where I made
incredible friends, who I will cherish forever, as finding them
was not an easy task. Making friends is like digging through
a mine; you find a few jewels on your way, and you encounter
a few obstacles, overcome these obstacles and walk out of
the mine with a handful of treasure. I walked out of this mine
with a handful of treasure.
Those three years ended, and as any high school graduate,
I spent most of the summer busy with my college applications.
And a month before embarking a new life in the college of
my choice I realized that I was entering this college alone,
none of my best friends were in the same faculty, but according
to promises made to each other, the 'together forever promise,'
of not being in the same faculty was not going to stand in
Entering a new place with new faces and sharing the same classroom. and final semester of my freshman
was a very intimidating experience. But all that we share now is the year ended with me having a
I was not nearly excited about same feeling - the feeling of change different perspective about college.
starting college as my other friends, and how to cope with it. Some Somehow, I had some hope in me
and I considered going to college as managed perfectly; some actually that it will be alright. I made different
something to be deeply endured. had great opportunities reaching friends and I started accepting my
For the first few months I was them, some lived the life that I had new life with a smile on my face,
juggled from a group of colleagues dreamt was for me, which irritated yet the gap between my high school
to another. Neither of these groups me for a while that what I wanted friends was still growing slowly but
were what I could quiet call as my what was happening to others. Then surely and I couldn't help but wonder
friends. I usually would come home came the real challenge for me that when the time will come when the
every day mostly sad and depressed I did not know how to manage until gap will grow wider. Of course, all
which sometimes led to crying. recently; how to accept my life as it of us are in a state of denial in some
Eventually I became indifferent to is even if other things I wanted way and I think that is good. I think
the fact that everyday was much happened to others. of it as a challenge in life for trying
worse than the day before. I was The first semester ended with a huge to have lasting friends; it is hard but
very disappointed at myself for relief and I was very happy about so is life. Life is full of challenges
having high expectations of how my the vacation and taking a break from that need to be overcome and you
life was going to be, but did not turn this desolate place known as college. will not overcome them if you are a
out any where near to what I had Somehow I always quitter. Eventually
imagined. I had been day dreaming thought that I was the taking on
so much that I had not realized that only one struggling, challenges is the
the bubble over my head had already striving to prove myself aim of life and it is
burst and brought me back to reality. and to fit in, all of my what proves
Even though I repressed my friends fitted perfectly yourself as a
emotions, it showed inevitably on only one or two shared human being and
my face, and before I knew it, I with me the same differentiates you
became a quiet gloomy girl who feeling. In the middle of from others. I
hated her new life. the vacation I saw the accept the
Not all my friends shared with me small gap between my challenge of trying
this feeling. Most of them were really friends and I, which by to have lasting
overwhelmed with the outer society time kept growing as we friends, even if it
and how fun it was meeting new were only connected is against my belief
people. At first I thought that it was through phone calls and that there is
fun and a new experience but when going out was a rare always a close
I saw how frivolous some college event. Even when we friend but never a
students can be, I had a hard time did get together, it was lasting friend.
co-operating with them, and not the same. We were
inevitably I returned to my not ourselves but there Essraa Abd el
conservative self. was nothing we could do Fatah, 17
College can be really void; I never while everyone was busy
realized how empty my life can be building and sustaining
without seeing my friends everyday this new life.
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By Myself, But Not Alone!
A Very Special Dedication to My Inspiration
Going to that movie alone, and not feeling even one bit lonely made me realize
how much difference you brought to my life. I never actually thought that one
day the definition of 'loneliness' would totally change for me.
It all started when I decided to go to the movies alone. Weird comments were
thrown at me from family and friends. Some thought it was pathetic and some
thought it was stupid. Even the lady who cuts the tickets assumed that I wanted
two tickets, and had this very weird look on her face when I declared I just
I was watching the movie, or let me say enjoying it, when I took a look at the
chair next to me. It seemed empty, but you know what?! It didn't feel empty
at all, because I felt you were there right next to me, even though you weren't.
By then, I realized that loneliness, in the first place, comes from the heart.
With your heart combined with mine how am I supposed to feel lonely?
I spend my day and night thinking about you, knowing you're thinking about
me too. With your mind combined with mine, how am I supposed to feel alone?
You took away that feeling of permanent loneliness, and replaced it with care.
Wanting so much to be with you, mixed with you wanting to be with me, only
made my days brighter, made my life a better place.
And even if you're not with me, even if you're not in front of me; I know I can
still feel you, and you can still feel me.
Because when I'm by myself, I know I'm by myself, but not alone!
The best love is the kind that awakens Og Mandino, a famous writer. Madino
the soul, makes us reach for more; that says, "Beginning today, treat everyone
sets a fire inside the heart and brings you see as if they were going to be dead
peace to our mind. I am a regular girl, by midnight, extend to them all the care,
with regular thoughts, there are no kindness and understanding you can
monuments dedicated to my name, and muster and do it with no thought of any
my name will soon be forgotten. But the reward, your life will never be the same
important thing I have done is that I have again." The surest way to make yourself
loved another with all my heart and soul happy is to make someone else happy
and for me that is enough. I am proud I today. Give a stranger one of your smiles
have such a loving heart and I am glad because it might be the only sunshine he
I am innocent and I want to remain that sees all day.
innocent till the day I die - just like a A newspaper survey asked "Who are the
baby with a heart so pure and fragile. Happiest People?" There were
No fear, no regret and no hatred, just four winning answers:
love and purity. 1-A child building sand castles
Inside my heart, I will always believe that 2- A mother bathing her baby
what you do, what you say, what you 3-A doctor who finished a difficult
are, may help others in ways you may operation and saved a life
never see. Your influence, like your 4-A loving bride and groom wearing their
shadow, extends where you may never wedding rings
be. Love is the most powerful force in Notice that money, power and possessions
the world. It is the weapon by which we play no part in any of the answers - it is
shall defeat all about love. It is about
the bitterness following your heart, keeping
of life as promises, and feeling secure.
sometimes Everyday we are given
the heart sees stones, but what will we
what is build? - a bridge or a wall?
invisible to the Ask yourself and find your
eye. And to answer; hope it is a bridge!
love is to give; And always remember that
give all you if you keep waiting for the
have and give right time to come you may
all you can never begin. Begin now
give in the where you are, with what
name of love. you are and whom you love.
Do so for the BUILD BRIDGES TO LOVE
one you love AND HAPPINESS!
with no desire
for returned favors as we all should plant (THAT IS ALL. THIS IS MY ARTICLE; I
trees that we will never sit under. KNOW IT IS LONG BUT HOPE YOU LIKED
So if you ever feel it is getting too hard, IT. PLEASE, PLEASE SEND ME BACK. I
and that you are not able to go on WILL BE WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE.
anymore, just remember that we may THANK YOU SO MUCH. I DO APPERECIATE
never have the opportunity to do great READING THIS.)
things in a great way but we all have the Soha Mohsen
chance to do small things in a great way.
Here is an amazing piece of advice from
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22. Dr. Tamer El Goueli
He Loves Me … I Am Being Mistreated
He Loves Me Not
Dear Dr Tamer,
I’m 14 years old, in school and, so far, I have
been leading a very unhappy life. I have no
friends, everyone picks on me, and whenever
someone smiles at me, I act weird because
that rarely happens. I'm not very secure about
my looks, and whenever I have someone I can
talk to, I begin to push that person around,
sometimes. I hardly talk in class, I get good
grades, and I know I’m smart and I know that
I'm not weak, yet I never stand up to anyone
since I'm afraid I'll get into trouble. Also I know
that name-calling and being mean to people
is a bad thing. Yet, I know I'm doing nothing
wrong, I'm harmless - so what's my problem.
What can I do?
How come everyone is picking on you? Is
everybody on a quest to hurt you, is there
a conspiracy going on? I think what’s
Hi Dr. Tamer, really happening is that your
I’m a 12 year old girl. I’m not yet a teen but I need your hypersensitivity is making you perceive
help. I’m in a co-educational school. My friend loved a guy things that way. Your attitude with people
in our class. She started loving him since we were in fourth who get closer isn’t helping either. Being
Primary; I’m in second Prep by the way. This is not the afraid of getting into trouble makes you
problem, but the problem is that I love this guy very, very, avoid people. On doing so you’re not
very much and I can’t live without him. I can’t tell her (my developing your social skills, actually
friend) that I love him because I don’t want to lose her. you’re getting more lonely and frightened,
One day at school we were playing spin the bottle and this so when someone gets closer, you become
guy was asked about the girl he loved. He said that he clumsy and a vicious circle is created.
loves me. I was so, so, so happy because I thought that Remember two
he doesn’t love me. Another day he was asked the same important rules:
question and he said that he loved her! I felt very 1- Always be
disappointed and depressed and didn’t know what to do. yourself, don’t
I really love him. I need your help a lot because I love him act tougher.
and my friend loves him and I neither want to lose him nor 2- Always try
her as I love them both. Many boys asked me to be their to face your
girlfriend but I refused them all, due to my love to him and fears. I
I hope that he asks me to be his girlfriend and if he does, guess you
I’ll accept without a second thought. Thanks a lot. need to live
more than you
Loving him,12 think of life.
Dear loving him,
I think you concentrated a lot more on how you feel wrong might happen to me. I can't take it anymore! Why
rather on whom you have feelings for. Obviously, this can't they understand that I can take my own responsibility
young man is still a kid, and a declaration for being without them being so worried? Tell me how can I
in love with two different people in one-week period persuade them that I’m a grown up girl now?
is a sign of hesitancy and immaturity. Pull out, your Big girl, 18
friendship is more worthy and would be more lasting.
Dear Big girl,
Age perception is very variable. You’ll be surprised
when I tell you that some parents treat their children
as kids even in their mid- twenties. There are several
I Am Not a Baby Anymore reasons why some parents do that; fear of letting
go, the need to protect them of things they went
through at their age, and the lack of knowledge of
Dear Dr. Tamer, what is really going on in life at the time being. In
It's the first time I write to you, however, I’m one of the biggest fans your case the best policy is baby steps and patience.
of Teen Stuff magazine. That’s not a compliment but in fact I’ve never By baby steps I mean fighting for a very small right;
seen such a wonderful magazine which deals with all stuff concerning ex: going out with a single friend for one hour and
teens. Now, I’m going tell you about my problem. I’m eighteen years them driving you. Fight for this small right, stick to
old, which means that I’m a grown up girl but my mom and dad are their rules on it, be patient, gain the right, then
not convinced; they still see me as their little pampered baby, which move to a next step. This strategy might be slow,
I really hate. They always worry but addressing bigger issues will make them more
about me and might prevent me from going on trips with my faculty alarmed and more protective. Remember, baby
or going to a place with my friends because they worry that anything steps, gaining trust, and a lot of patience.
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The 1st: You're thinking about a little weekend getaway.
The 5th: It's time for some organizing.
The 10th and 11th: These are 'you' days. You feel like you're on top of the
The 16th: You’re doing good deeds.
The 20th: Is a good day.
The 29th: You're back to where you started the month; with a journey.
Libra The 9th: Go nuts with all the back- to-
The 1st: You’re in for lots of love, and lots
of fun. The 21st: You should work harder at school.
The 2nd and 3rd: You'll be chitchatting The 26th: It's going to get deep, both in
with lots of your schoolmates about school the swimming pool, and in your relationships
Scorpio conflict; you can't decide!
The 23rd: You're looking at a real The 3rd: It might be a 'day of rest'
The 1st: It's time to get down to brass for the rest of the world, but it's looking
tacks and deal with whatever's romantic weekend.
The 26th: Try to stay at the edge of like a day of wild, heady, love-filled
happening. fun for you!
The 5th: You're getting what you the conflict.
The 29th: Be kind and patient to The 4th: Oh! It’s more of the same!
want. The 5th: It's back to school time!
The 13th: You're in an unusual everyone around you.
The 10th: You have, racked up, a few
need-to-dos and should spend the day
getting them done.
The 25th: Plan an impromptu after-
Sagittarius The 15th: De-stress yourself with a nice
bubble bath! school activity with your colleagues!
The 1st: Make sure to give a little
attention to your mates. The 17th: You'll be back in outstanding
The 8th: If you're not buying new outfits, form.
you ought to be. The 27th: Everything’s going well at
The 9th: You're feeling droopy and no school and at home!
wonder! You've been doing a lot!
Capricorn plans you need to make; they'll work out
The 1st: You and some of your friends
and relatives are heading outside for some The 22nd: Count your money, and if Cancer
super fun. you've got a few extra, spend them on The 1st: If you're not planning on
The 3rd: Some school issues might come some arts and crafts projects. going to a party then you should plan
your way. The 27th: You’ve got to focus more on to have one!
The 12th: Go ahead and make whatever your family. The 5th, 6th and 7th: You'll be riding
high on the wave of the school
activities you got going the 1st -
Aquarius The 15th: You're in for a totally new
experience -- it'll leave you richer. The 18th: You should take some time
1st and 2nd: You’re feeling a little bit out to nurture yourself.
emotional. Everybody gets overwhelmed The 20th: Exert some self-discipline.
The 21st: You're in a really, really good The 23rd: Get ready for a fantastic,
sometimes. Just breathe deeply and try sun-shiny weekend. You'll discover
to figure out what the underlying issue spot.
The 27th: You're thinking about what something new. Guaranteed!
is. The 29th: Plan a school night with
you can give back.
Pisces The 11th: It could be time for a little bit
of relationship reckoning, so sit down and
The 1st: If you aren't writing a love letter,
you're receiving one, and there's a very deal with whatever it is that arises.
good chance you're doing both. The 24th: Things are going well
The 3rd and 4th: Get a good book, turn
The 30th: Treat yourself with ice cream, Leo
on some soft music and just relax. The 1st: Start breaking out!
topped with chocolate sauce.
The 3rd and 4th: You're
feeling better and enjoying
the colorful company of
Aries going off near your heart. Get closer;
fireworks-of-the-heart are (usually)
The 1st: You're feeling the effects of The 10th: Take a break from
summer's lazy days. You just don't want harmless! all the high energy of the
to do much! The 23rd: Study harder, there’s a pop 8th and 9th - The 15th you
The 4th: This day will find you refreshed quiz! might have more ups and
The 9th: There could be some fireworks The 27th: All will be forgiven. downs.
The 30th: The perfect day! The 28th: Did you leave
your rose-colored glasses
at home again? Remember,
be optimistic it’s school
Taurus The 23rd: Talk to your buddies about your
problems whether they're school-related, time!
The 1st: Things are getting more serious.
The 5th: Make sure you're communicating or love-related.
your needs at school. The 29th: It’s a great day for you!
The 17th: Be careful. Don’t spill everything
to your friends!
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