THIS ISSUE                           May 2006

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     Bits and Pieces   Plain Talk

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Social Characters:
                       This article made me really smile a lot, remembering many of

Lucky me!!
I finally entered
college; after all
 these horrible
                      At college, classes ar...

I’m writing this topic                   Sisters and teacher. The first 10
Dear Readers, just as Esraa and I promised you last month, here is
our first Article in our “Great Women” serie...
- Oh my!        Pretty interesting? Perfectly
                                            exams??          amazing, huh!
traces in personalities…either good or bad! There’s
no bad experience as I said before. To fail an
exam is more important ...
‘Think Green’
  There has always been and still      Mixed up Exams!                        hold of he...
nowhere the taxi driver stopped      of light. It was the kitchen; ON      memory that I’ll always
    because the tire ha...
Love with             syllabus indeed. And always
                                          Biology!              waited t...
in mind after a long journey       problem then. It was 9:00 am      the
of searching for a suitable        and the exam s...
The C rcle of Life:
  “Favorite”                     When we first

noticed, I haven’t left the       their complaints about something         on their own;
 house in like a week. C’mon,    ...
to trust their children and don’t make enough effort to listen to them.
                                Some people may th...
If parents listen to their children from an early       Who Says They Know
  age, children will get used to sharing their ...
three times that I noticed that he wasn’t even         either. So after all, we can’t ask too
 there. I got to grab his at...
Brave New World is written by Aldous Huxley. He was born in 1894, in

How can words ever describe         I cry sometimes when we talk
The feeling in my heart             Even when...

       You look at the mirror, what can you see? Nothing.
        Of course, it’s too dark. How about tu...
Open Letter

  And here I am recalling...
 I chose seven letters from the alphabet to keep them special as long as I'm ...
Salma… My best and
complimentary friend who
I really loved being with.
You always cheered me up.
Keep being yourself dear
It has been more         I realised               to go. I still did not
                       than a year now.         s...
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  1. 1. THIS ISSUE May 2006 Mail Nirvana Bits and Pieces Plain Talk G- Articles Teenz Story What If Think Green Spotlight In Focus Tune Up Book Review Teenz Style From the Heart Political Mania Thoughts Confessions Introspection Open Letter Teenz Stars 8
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  3. 3. Social Characters: This article made me really smile a lot, remembering many of my mates at school. I myself was a combination of three types during the different stages of my school years. That was one of the best things I've ever read. Hip-Hip Hurrah: Personally, I enjoyed reading this article, remembering my graduation from school. When you wave at everybody while leaving, you wonder if you'll ever remain in touch with your friend or will you lose track once you're in college. You just begin to learn the value of memories and how to make them as good as possible. TS Black Pages: I'm really happy about this review. This spirit will really help in nourishing Rock music in Egypt. Keep it up Jean! Yours faithfully, Mohamed El Gohary Dear Mohamed, Thank you very much for this wonderful detailed feedback. I simply had to publish all of it even though I knew it would take the whole page and leave no space for other mail. But I wanted to do that so each and every writer you mentioned would feel as proud as we all do. Thanks. Talented in Writing! Hi everyone, Thanks a lot for providing us with such a wonderful site and magazine to feel everything we want being put in there by people who really feel for us… okay! First of all, I’d like to let you know that I’m so talented in writing. I’ve written before in my school’s magazine; a topic about the Internet and its advantages and disadvantages and also wrote for a competition. I like writing a lot of poems, and commenting about the surrounding events in very interesting topics, whether the event is politic or social. Also I’m so interested in writing about fashion and girls’ stuff very much. I really have talent in this, so please don’t deny me, and my hope in you to continue this talent. Bye Sara Dear Sara, First of all, it’s nice to hear from you and thank you for your kind words. You sound like someone who is really interested in writing and it would be really great if you could contribute with us. We always welcome new talents and we are always there to help you guys enhance your talents and creativity. So if you’re really interested, send your articles to and if they’re good we’ll publish them for you. So what are you waiting for girl! You better start getting busy writing! May 2006 . TeenStuff
  4. 4. G-Articles Lucky me!! I finally entered college; after all these horrible At college, classes are a bit larger in number than those at school, years at high and we’re only 600 students. Students no longer have to worry school, or at least about sitting together because we’re always side by side, squeezed, so that no one could ever miss his friend. Those who get bored that’s what I of benches can easily exchange places with others… sitting on the floor. After all, we’re friends, and we should all help each thought they other. Really, there’s a real sense of unity between friends in my class. I sometimes call my friend to remind her to reserve me a were. I always place on the floor beside her because I live quite far from college. In my department, punctuality is a must. Those who come late thought life strive to get in but in vain because there are some students who are chosen by our professor to sit on the floor behind the doors- would be better blocking them - so as not to allow anyone to get in. It’s so much fun. Students also don’t have to worry about the hot weather, for in college. We there are lots of small fans that bring a sufficient amount of air for each student per hour. One doesn’t have to wait for so long would have for his turn because, as I said before, we’re only 600! I wonder why some girls faint even though there’s plenty of air in there. better learning, Could it be the food in this cafeteria? But it’s okay, I’m sure they’ll better replace it some day because they first start with buildings. I remember when I first went there to choose my department understanding and work laborers were working on the fourth floor. When I went to get my schedule for my third year, I noticed they had just and eventually a finished it. Lucky us, they’re now moving to our floor. They renovated our class and it looks neat. It’s just that there’s a lot better life. I was of dust and glue on the benches, but c’mon! We shouldn’t be so demanding. During classes, I can hear the sound of their machines, absolutely right. renovating the corridor – it’s a DJ like sound. Students find it very amusing, especially during lectures, because that’s the only time Everyday in we hear it! The sound really helps you concentrate. Also, there’s always the “front seat” problem. Students struggle to sit on the college proves so. front bench. They must be very active students. I’m quite sure it has nothing to do with the sound of the microphone. I forgot to mention the bookshop inside the university. We find our books even before we ask for them. They sell them at very low prices. They only add some extra money for delivery and transport. They could exceed the price by ten pounds, no big deal. Concerning your ID, it only takes you a couple of days to get it. All you have to do is struggle through masses of students to get to the one in charge. Once you succeed, you’ll find that people there are very helpful. Lectures are wisely organized, in order not to waste our time. Professors, who are absent, would call the supervisor to inform him about their intentions. Fortunately enough, we find out about that an hour later. The lecture lasts for two hours, so we save one hour. Last year, we had this small, nice, room for praying, except there was this bad smell, but I’m sure it comes from the bathroom opposite to it. We shouldn’t have complained about it because this year when I went to pray, I found out that the room was turned to a storage room. If one wants to pray, one has to go to the mosque which would only take you half an hour. Oh! I can't find the words to describe how much I love this place! I feel lucky I joined it. I’m definitely sure that one day in this century, my college will be the most beautiful one on earth. But unfortunately, I won’t be there to witness that day. Mona El Meligi Faculty of Arts (English)
  5. 5. G-Articles I’m writing this topic Sisters and teacher. The first 10 girls, from the list, are honored with me and this helped me a lot. Being raised in an all girls nun's under the name of, "My and, being the first, I had to go school, it took me some time and New College Life” and I undoubtedly. After that it was time to turn the adaptation in dealing with boys. But I must admit that college life hope it’ll be published page over my past school life and is fascinating - dealing with a wide next month. Goodbye write my first words in my new faculty life. Two of my friends came range of people, having a clear mind with no responsibilities or my school! It's time to with me and mummy drove us all worries, thinking of nothing but a leave you, but you'll to the faculty. Our first lecture was bright future, laughing and talking to start at 1 o'clock so we had to with your friends, and being stay with me with every hurry. We arrived late, got out of responsible for yourself are the breath with every blink. the car and started running towards main features of college life. the lecture room. Just imagine my I’m so grateful, more astonishment when I saw such a So only at the pre-pharmacy stage, than anyone knows. huge number o f students I still have four long years ahead everywhere; walking, talking, of me but I have great optimism With these words ringing in my laughing and eating, especially in towards them. I believe that one ears, I turned the page over the Ain Shams University. Finally we day, years and years later when thirteen years in my school life and arrived at the lecture room and I’m sitting in my rocking chair as I looked eagerly towards my after 10 minutes of running I was an old lady, I'll close my eyes and coming five faculty years. I have too tired to think of anything else remember those wonderful years always day-dreamed for hours and but sitting. My second shock was of mine and all these present events hours thinking how everything when I stepped into the lecture will one day become a memory. would be arrange d for this room. Oh, God, I said to myself as How I was prepared for my first wonderful, unique and strange day. I suddenly saw more than 500 boys day, what I wore and how I felt, Not only I day-dream, but every and girls in front of me. I felt as if will be something of the past. But boy and girl who finished their I were in a nightmare. The noise at that time I'll be happy that I secondary stage and are preparing was unbearable, students sitting was able to fulfill my dreams at themselves for their new life in here and there, some standing or university. college. sitting on the benches, others So my advice to every new school Of course, my first day in the faculty jumping over them and still others graduate is to try to make the best was the thing that occupied my were sitting in the staircase. They use of your university years. Don't mind for a long time. What will it were all shouting, talking and spend a minute in worries or fears. be like? What will I wear? How will laughing. At first I thought I had Make a lot of friends, laugh, talk the professors and the instructors entered the wrong place but then and study. But you must be look like? I was so much concerned something inside me cried out, cautious. Don't you ever forget the with the matter that it took me "WA KE UP! IT'S COL LEG E!" principles which you were raised weeks and weeks to find answers Luckily, I eventually realized that upon and use them to keep you on to these questions. And as time I was no longer at school with my the right track. If ever you deviate, went by, my big day seemed closer own seat in class. I have stepped just stop for a while and see what and closer until I woke up one day into another part of my life in which your next step will be. And above to find that the time had come and the surrounding area has changed. all, you must have an aim and do my dream was about to come true. Actually, I spent the first two weeks your best to achieve it. I spent about an hour dressing, sitting on the staircase. That day putting on my make-up and styling we only had one lecture and I Aya Ali, 17 my hair. I didn't go straight to the returned home not believing that faculty but first I went to my school. my big day has ended. Of course It’s our school custom that the it took me sometime to adapt to graduates of every school year my new environment. Fortunately, celebrate the first day with the three of my school friends were
  6. 6. G-Articles Dear Readers, just as Esraa and I promised you last month, here is our first Article in our “Great Women” series Wangari Maathai “The crazy” Nobel Peace Prize Winner against corruption, this organization proved to be founded, not only to protect the environment, but also to fight oppression and empower women. Some people don’t understand why an environmental activist would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Mrs. Maathai explains, “The environment is very important in the aspects of peace because when we destroy, our resources become scarce we fight over that.” On December 10th, 2004, the Norwegian “The crazy woman.” That’s what Arapi Moi, the former Kenyan Nobel Committee had decided to award President, called the first African American to win a Nobel Prize, the Nobel Peace Prize to 64-year-old Wangari Maathai. Not only was she called ‘crazy’ but she’s always Wangari Maathai for her contribution to been followed by troubles caused by men who could never accept sustainable development, democracy and the idea that a woman can perform the role that, in their point of peace. She’s an inspiration to whole view, are supposed to be performed by men. Well, the reaction of generations of women and everyone in these men towards this unique woman could be justified, for Wangari Africa fighting for development. The work Maathai was always special since her early childhood and in a country of Wangari Maathai proves indeed that like Kenya where it is very rare that girls finish their school education, dedicated and responsible leadership will Maathai was able, not only, to finish her education but also to be be the only salvation for Africa. granted a college scholarship in the U.S.A. after she finished high school. With this, Maathai is considered the first woman in her country Dina Wahba, 19 to complete her studies abroad. She’s believed to be the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a Doctorate degree and the first to become Head Professor at the university. Moreover, Wangari Maathai is the first woman from Africa to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize and the first Kenyan to win a Nobel Prize. So, it’s only natural and expected that in a male dominant community - in which the role of women is restricted to finding a suitable husband and having children; and as we always, through out history, considered special, unique and different people as ‘crazy people’ which makes me sometimes think that being labeled as ‘crazy’ is an honor in itself - it’s only natural that Professor Maathai was called ‘crazy.’ Even her own husband couldn’t accept her activities and he divorced her justifying his action by describing her as “too educated, too strong, too successful and so hard to be led.” Surprisingly enough, the same woman whose activism angered the former Kenyan government, was beaten, thrown into jail for leading protests, threatened by anonymous callers and told she has no moral grounds to speak because she’s a divorcee, is the same woman who said, “You should not be disempowered by the problems you see. You should be empowered by hope.” Wangari Maathai founded Africa’s largest community-based environmental organization, The Green Belt Movement, where, for nearly 30 years, she had mobilized poor women to plant thirty million trees. Through education, nutrition and the fight May 2006 . TeenStuff
  7. 7. - Oh my! Pretty interesting? Perfectly exams?? amazing, huh! Are you sure No friends! You have the wrong there are no idea. Wait---wait, don’t yell please! exams?! Listen to me first as you’re used to always doing. Who - Never ever knows…maybe I could change a again?!! little concept right there in your cerebral hemispheres, however, -Sorry, I can’t I’d be the happiest not to have hear you: exams! “NEVER EVER AGAIN?!!!” I’d like to give you these diverse quotes that might help me out and - You can read the slightly dilute our fight! announcement “I was stuck in boarding school, yourself! when I was seven years old and I knew that the only way to get out After a long, firm was to go pass your exams, so I debate, the studied” Jared Harris Ministry of Education and “As long as learning is connected Higher Education with earning, as long as certain has finally jobs can only be reached through declared the exams, so long must we take this following: examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was According to contrived, much so-called their last education would disappear, and decision no one would be a penny the taken on stupider” E. M. Forster Sunday, April 30, Examinations, sir, are pure 2006, The humbug from beginning to end. If Language a man is a gentleman, he knows Scientists’ quite enough, and if he is not a League gentleman, whatever he knows is declared bad for him” Oscar Wilde that language Examinations, the foolish ask will get rid of questions the wise cannot answer” one of its words Oscar Wilde that has, recently, proven to be a Well, this is the first time I feel perpetual struggle for confused, man! Is it good or bad students and an to have or not to have exams? annoying discomfort Why do we really dislike having to their parents as exams? well. The League found While searching, I found one of that the best reaction the most interesting answers to this is to ban the concerning this so called exams word completely and topic. A student was saying: prohibit its contribution or even existence in any “I think exams should be optional. of the world’s Ha...I know it’s a stretch, but here dictionaries. is what I’m thinking: If your class Consequently, no grade is an A or B, and you fail an action can ever exam, you should be able to keep happen your A or B (as a final grade). If describing the you’re completely failing your class, black word. And but are able to get a better grade if any school is on the exam than you did in the found class, then that should be your practicing new grade. I feel that some people the verb just aren’t test takers. It’ll be itself, it must evident that they know what bear severe they're talking about through their consequences. class grade of an A or B (therefore The word making the exam unnecessary). I happens to be think that those failing their class “EXAMS” That’s it! should be given an opportunity to raise that grade….ahahahhaha “Entirely Approved” wouldn’t life be so easy?” Do you have an answer? Would SIGH! life be so easy? Well, I do have an answer. I can Yeah…I can hear it right there confirm that YES, life would be so at your place guys! What do easy if no exams were held! Guys, you think? How do you find a one is strongly encouraged to pass new ‘No – Exams’ life? such experiences that leave behind May 2006 . TeenStuff
  8. 8. traces in personalities…either good or bad! There’s no bad experience as I said before. To fail an exam is more important than passing it. I never encourage failing an exam; I believe that failing isn’t an option. Yeah that’s true. Failing is never an option guys. It’s more like a trap…and ‘obligated’ trap to let you learn something. So, without traps, you’d keep going on a way that you don’t know about its alternative. However, that alternative isn’t a real encouraging one, and we’ve all fallen there once or twice, at least. We feel depression and then we get up again and stand tall, challenging everything and everyone including oneself! Put in mind that: “Life is the greatest exam ever.” A big topic, I know! And you might be surprised if I tell you that I have a mid- term exam the day after tomorrow, yet I thought it would be great to write about exams while having mid-terms! Wish me luck and of course same to you! Month of exams! Get prepared and fear no one, and feed me back. And I really thank every one of you guys who do. You always give me a push! Waiting for your mail at: Doaa Samy, 19
  9. 9. ‘Think Green’ on the ANSWER SHEET There has always been and still Mixed up Exams! hold of her thoughts and is that uncomfortable feeling that remembered that she accompanies school days! I EXAM TIME!! Just the thought of already had studied always wondered why should it makes your stomach turn, Arabic and covered there be exams anyway. We doesn’t it? We all go through this most of the Arabic study without being forced to. stressful situation each year more curriculum before But then I realized it would be than once. And most of us have exams. Luckily, only me – but only little me - tons of stories to tell about our she did well in when I was a little, primary and adventures before, during or after that exam with maybe preparatory, student! an exam due to our constant what she had Going through the Thanaweya anxiety. It's the time we really already studied. Amma experience, I always had need our brains, yet still, it's the The moral of to study and of course not on my time we may just lose it and go the story: own will. I had to, to get high insane! ALWAYS check grades that would place me in I recall a situation that happened your exam one of the top faculties.Since to my sister due to exam stress. schedule a 100 we’re all preparing for exams this She had a Math exam coming times each day! month and the next one too, we up. It was her least favorite thought of bringing you here subject so, going to that exam Esraa Hegazy, 19 several situations and remind you was something she endured like (and us) of some of them that all students who hate math. Rainy Day! were somehow remarkable. Go However, the next day took quite I hate Chemistry. I never quite through them and always be an interesting turn. She entered understood any of the equations. optimistic! We never mean for the school and found her other Actually I don’t know how I you to go through similar ones classmates revising, as they passed it. Anyway, waking up though! At the end, you’ll find always do before exams, but they knowing that I have a Chemistry me gathering the moral of each weren’t holding Math books or exam is enough for me to know situation and revising equations. No, they that I’m going to have a bad day. hopefully were revising Arabic! Well, to make matters worse, the She thought they weather was horrific that day of were all She thought they were all crazy for revising Arabic on the day of their Math Exam crazy for the exam. We, three of my friends revising Arabic and I, decided to go to school by they’ll on the day of their taxi. Our school is in “el tagamo3 be good Math exam. But they el 7’ames”, practically in the tips for you based on weren’t crazy. Turns out she middle of nowhere! Eventually, really true stories. Good Luck mixed up the days of both tests we found a taxi driver who was with your exams and wish us luck and they really did have an Arabic kind enough to agree on giving too!! exam that day! After what us a ride. On our way it started Doaa Samy, 19 seemed like a time of ‘forever raining and raining heavily. And (Head of Think Green Club) shock’ and denial, she finally got suddenly in the middle of May 2006 . TeenStuff
  10. 10. nowhere the taxi driver stopped of light. It was the kitchen; ON memory that I’ll always because the tire had to be FIRE!!! remember whenever I have changed. The time of the exam I was stunned by what was exams. was getting closer and I was happening. I yelled and getting really anxious. I began screamed, which got my mother to think that I would never make out of the bathroom. I grabbed it on time. Drowning in my a little pail and went to the other thoughts, I suddenly heard one bathroom and tried to fill it with of my friends screaming to the water. I kept waiting and driver “Do you need any help ya waiting till it was half full, then OSTA?!” Finally, thank God, we I rushed to the kitchen where manage to get there just at the I tried to throw the water at time of the examination. As for the stove (the source of the my grade, well let’s not go there. fire), but it only splashed the Good luck with your exams wall next to the stove. What everybody. a misery!! The next thing The moral of the story: NEVER happening was that we got go to your exam by taxi! But if out of the apartment and I necessary, you’ve got to do your found the whole street calculations to be at school not gathering in front of our less than 30 or 45 minutes apartment. After about 10 earlier…who knows if it’ll rain or minutes the firemen showed not! up and we all went down and Dina Wahba, 20 waited in the street. All what I had in mind was, am I going The Kitchen is on Fire!! to the exam tomorrow?? Is Ahh, exams!! Memories just pop this going to be my first final to miss, ever?? We stayed in the street for about 10 minutes when I found one of the firemen coming to me and asking, where the kitchen is? We went up to our apartment after they controlled the fire and found the whole apartment filled with water, especially the parts which hadn’t caught on fire! My mother found out that At the end of the corridor, I saw a great source of light. It was the up as soon as I hear the word “exam.” It was the finals of the first kitchen; ON FIRE! semester of 1st secondary and to be exact, it was the night before an Algebra exam. I came back from a revision lesson and I headed to my room and my sister followed me where we had a little chit chat about 1st secondary. My mother was in the money bathroom, so after staying for from her about 10 minutes in the room, I purse was suddenly saw smoke and black stolen. We grabbed fumes coming from the corridor some of our clothes and our into my room. I ran out heading books and went to our The moral of the story: to the living room which had grandparents. We stayed there Remember! Never stay too long gotten really dark. At the end of for a while, until the apartment in your rooms studying because the corridor, I saw a great source was renovated.was quite a there might be a fire in the TeenStuff . May 2006
  11. 11. Love with syllabus indeed. And always Biology! waited to go pour out all the It was the only info I had in mind on the exam reason! When I paper. was ever asked When the day of the exam came, why did I choose I was shivering! I know I studied to join the really hard and I mean really science section in hard! Especially that I second and third understand and never secondary I memorize. Well…I knew that I always replied would be scared, yet I also knew saying, “because that whenever I take the first of Biology.” look, my pen writes Guys-- I love ‘involuntarily’ and Biology! It’s interprets the scientific, always been, and “Scientific Terms” and I still consider it stuff. my priority, Question One: I… I… however I don’t know nothing! Oh my study it anymore God?? What’s going unfortunately. on?? What’s happening Therefore, when to me? I remember time came for nothing!! Okay, okay, each one to LEAVE QUESTION ONE! choose his own preferred section I started reading the in Thanaweya whole exam paper first. We Amma, Science were supposed to answer only was my choice! five questions out of six. I finally Second decided that I’ll answer all the secondary was questions except for question really remarkable one that I really found my mind where I spent blocked towards - however - I three thirds of my answered it all… when I got out time studying of class! Anyway, it was the first Biology. I was so time that a Biology exam was happy and proud given as multiple choice. They that I started to increased the number of dig deep into my questions and left us with the preferred same allowed time! There was subject a really tough “Genetics” and problem in question five. I said Question One: I’ll go on and leave it till the end to have the chance to think deeply again. Number “C” in I ...I ... know question six needed a really long and detailed answer, so much so, that I also preferred to leave nothing! Oh my until I finished the whole exam because it needed nothing but a long story. And here was my trouble! I went back to the God? What’s genetics problem and kept on thinking and thinking and thinking. I surrounded myself happening to with tons of ideas and experiments to reach an answer and totally forgot about the time! me? The bell ring disturbed my flow of thinking! I was surprised that the supervisor approached and grabbed my answer sheet. I know didn’t even write the answer kitchen more and that I reached after all! that you know more. My Oh my God! I went downstairs nothing about! teacher was a great man and found mum waiting for me. Omar Mohamed, 20 too, who helped me throughout I told her how cruel the woman the whole year and always lent was to grab the paper and not a hand. I truly “digested” the let me write what I finally had May 2006 . TeenStuff
  12. 12. in mind after a long journey problem then. It was 9:00 am the of searching for a suitable and the exam started and that exam. answer! And while I was was when my friend started But narrating and looking again crying as well. Can you believe they at the question sheet, I… I that when the exam said, remembered number (6-C)!! supervisors saw our friend "No, Ohhhhhh!! “The Giraffe crying, they started 7aram Evolution Question” The long whispering, "Good play, great 3likom story that I was supposed to acting….etc". Minutes later, ba2a." explain.totally forgot about it my friend started pulling They started coming around during the exam time. Of himself together and now the and since we’re so kind and course I couldn’t help but start real show started. The man wanted to finish our exams, crying. This way I lost points asked, "How much do you pay we started giving them money. on number (5-B) and number per year in your school?" My One of our friends gave her (6-C). That’s IF I was sure of friend (the one whose father L.E. 2 and that was when one all the other answers! died two days ago) replied of the keepers started I got a score of 42/50 in the and said L.E. 7000 per year. screaming, "7araaaaam! You Biology. It was the shock of The man said, "No, you pay take thousands from your my life after that whole entire over L.E. 18,000 per year. parents and you give me L.E. year of doing nothing but Hata3ref menan? Ma abok 2!!" So my friend replied Biology. But I know I also had Allah yr7amo howa ali kan saying he’s not required to to be more careful and aware bidfa3." COMMENT.The man give any money in the first of time management continued "From where you place. She said, "Stop stealing –especially during an exam would know, you don’t care our money!! We’re fed up!" time! Yet, BIOLOGY IS THE about money, since your My friend then said, “Good BEST! It was my problem not parents buy you everything, bye and this is all what I have the subject’s! you just cry and they buy." for you now.” This entire story The moral of the story is: And that is when my friend happened during the final Use your pen and ruler to tick started screaming, "What the Chemistry exam of in and underline each question hell!! Where do you think Thanawaya Amma, which is you answer, and CIRCLE those we’re from?? Mars?! Why do with no doubt, the best which you still want to get you think that our parents are certificate in Egypt. back to later. You sometimes thieves and that we’re just The moral of the story is: may day-dream in a Genetics clueless teenagers?" Always keep SILENT during problem that will take up the Then the head of the an exam time! NEVER give whole time and make you supervisors came, due to the the chance to any of forget about the rest of the obvious noise, and questions! calmed every Doaa Samy, 19 one down. Things Longest Speech! went Every year Thanawaya Amma students go and have their final exams in another school. My school was one of the private schools but the school we were supposed to have our Stop stealing exam in was a public governmental one. One of the things that these public schools are notorious for is our money! that they hate us. Oh no… they despise us! So, it all started when one of our friend's fathers died before We’re fed up the final exam two days before it. His mother told us to inform the man who’s supervising about that, so as to try to back prevent him from saying the to usual stuff that they usually normal do. Example: How selfish, again. Fifteen irresponsible we are….etc. So, minutes later and the the we went to the man and told housekeepers of the school supervisors to open any kind him about it. The man said, came in and said, "We’ve been of topic with you. You never "Fine, but you won't be serving you for the whole know if he/she will ever stop! allowed to cheat." We month and keeping the place Mohamed Bahar, 19 answered that we didn’t need clean for you, so koll sana The Observer’s Baby is an excuse to cheat, so he wentom tayebeen ba2a." So Born… In Class! replied that we have no we told them to come after May 2006 . TeenStuff
  13. 13. The C rcle of Life: Our “Favorite” When we first Lines came up with the parents’ issue, we thought we’re way over this. But when we started brainstorming and chit-chatting about the personal aspect "Your friends are more of the idea, we figured out that we’re still immensely affected important to you." by how our parents used to treat us some time ago and - Home all year, I barely how they still do. We even mentioned and commented on go out. When I ask to spend the clichés we always hear them say in certain situations. a day with a friend they We were actually attacking them at first, at least inside begin to shout "You'll no longer see the world's our minds, but when we started seriously tackling our outside view since your problems we figured out how severely controversial friends are more important parenthood is. I remember how we thought of issues such to you" as care, support and decision making from entirely different “I’m the only one who’s points of view and I think this will be clear through our right." writings. - Yoda the wise! - That’s right, because it’s a one-sided conversation anyway. Are you even Criticism listening? The Dale Carnegie’s 3 C’s Rule: “Don’t criticize, condemn or complain” certainly doesn’t apply to any parent. Should it apply, no teen would “Your problems are ever complain about his relationship with his parents. trivial. Just as you are." How many times per day do you get criticized by your parents? Or hear - Gee thanks! It’s my fault, I shouldn’t have told you about them in the first place. Your problems are - Okay, I'll go find bigger trivial just as you problems. are “I wish you'd be half....(fulan)" -“Always be a first- rate version of yourself instead of being a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland "" - If I had a pound for every time that has been said to me... - Even if I had felt like studying, the feeling’s all gone now. "Study or go to sleep." - So much for options... no wonder I always favor sleep. - Sleeeeeeeeeeeep Nahla "You’re always out with friends." - In case you haven’t May 2006 . TeenStuff
  14. 14. noticed, I haven’t left the their complaints about something on their own; house in like a week. C’mon, you’ve done? I have to confess that nevertheless, it's never I’m rotting here. I’m wearing a dumb smile on my been a big deal for me. face as I write this part because They go asking everyone "How come your brother when I tried to brainstorm the things they know, seeking got a better grade?" our parents complain about, zillions opinions on what to do or what to of comments came rushing into my choose, and they end up taking the - Congratulations! Good for head. path recommended to them by the him. Here’s a sample: higher percentage of their friends, -I think he might be The clothes you wear every morning or in some other cases the most cheating, want me to try for college show just how much trustworthy friend. The problem that? you’re excited about going. How here is that nobody really knows come you never wear THAT outfit their troubles from all aspects as "Because you’re a girl." when you’re going out with your well as they do themselves, beside parents, yet you’re always wearing it's very likely that they let on to - This is the cliché answer I it when you go out with your friends? some secrets that should never be get when ever I want to go You’ve been wearing the same outfit revealed. On the other hand, I don't out as much as my brother! for the last three days; does that face the same difficulties when - - Really? Then why have lead them to conclude that it’s your making a decision. I think calmly you been telling me for the new uniform by any chance? The and wisely. I don't panic when I'm past twenty years that I’m way you drive is appalling; no about to make a crucial decision worth more than 100 guys, wonder you crash into other cars that would somehow change my more courageous, more every couple of months. Time whole future. I think it's all because responsible and even more apparently means nothing to you, of the way my parents followed with reliable? 5 is just the same as 6, 7, or 8, me. When there’s a problem, or - Finally, I know the justified they’re all just numbers. To girls: they're just trying to make a certain reason! Your hair do is so old, it doesn’t fit decision, they let me into the you anymore. To guys: Maybe you conversations, even when I was "Mom, I’m bored-sad!" should start using the new brush very young. They ask me what I "Honey, it’s a false they bought you six months ago, think, and what they should do, and feeling." you need it. sometimes they admired my opinion and even acted upon it, or at least - Thanks mom, I'm feeling I guess we could all go on and on gave me that impression. That all better now! forever, but that’s not the issue. developed the sense of responsibility - Mr. /Mrs. Psychiatrist. Being criticized is one thing, inside of me and gave me the receiving it from our parents, courage to make further decisions "Use the power of however, is totally different. No in my life on my own. I thank them frustration to study." matter how hard we try not to, we for that and I hope one day, I'll be are affected by what they say, as a wise a parent as they were - How can I ever do that if simply because they’re ‘mum’ and with me. studying IS my frustration!! ‘dad.’ They have the power to lift us up, put us down, boost our spirits - No thanks! -To hell with studying…and or weaken them. The thing that Careless Parents my frustration…and asking puzzles me is that most of the time, they might just be right about the Teenagers who report that their for advice. parents have more interest in their concept itself, meaning, I should drive more slowly, I should take activities are more likely to avoid "Since when have you trouble. Teens whose parents know become such a pain in the more care of my appearance, wearing my hair like that makes me who their friends are and what they neck?" do in their free time are less likely look 20 years older, no wonder guys don’t notice me. But there has to to get into trouble than their peers. -Since you stopped listening. The teenage years are a time of be a kinder way of phrasing their worries and complaints, such as transition from childhood into "I wish you were a better adulthood. Teens often struggle with person." “Honey, I’m sure you like this outfit a lot, but don’t you think it’s time being dependent on their parents for some change? You really look while having a strong desire to be - So do I. independent. “Careless parents” nice in ….etc.” As Dale Carnegie once said, make it so much easier for them. "Because I said so." Parents can be careless in many - Logical explanations are “criticism puts you on the defensive side. It makes you stop listening, ways. Parents who are too busy great. with their own lives for any reason - In logic we say; no rational and it doesn’t matter if there’s any sense in what’s being said anymore.” risk their children’s lives. They don’t parent would say so + all have time to communicate with their parents say so = Parents children and know what kind of life aren’t rational. Go…Go Parents! they have. Teens are so sensitive; if parents don’t take the first step, "My friends are going I always thought raising a child as their children would never try to why cant I?" "Because a very hard task; a task that needs share with them their lives. This we’re not your friends’ a great amount of responsibility, kind of parent is probably so parents." knowledge, and good planning. It permissive and tends to give their wasn’t too long ago when I was a children all what they ask for to - One word for parents every kid myself, but only recently did I make it up for them. where, if you want to get on start to realize how just the little your kids’ nerves, this details in the way my parents raised There are other kinds of careless sentence will do it! me, had an essential and profound parents; some of which think that affect in building up my character; if they close the door and prevent "My house....My rules." in forming me exactly the way I am. their children from having their own I noticed that most of my friends of life, then they’re protecting them. - This just sounds like we’re my age can't make a decision easily These kind of parents are so afraid TeenStuff . May 2006
  15. 15. to trust their children and don’t make enough effort to listen to them. Some people may think these kinds of parents are so careful and do the right thing to bring their children up. They probably use these kinds of sentences all the time: You’re so young, you’re a girl, you don’t understand yet, etc… But no, I think this life may destroy your children in many ways. You can notice that these kind of parents are in a prison, and you’re its available all the time, talk to their children a lot but not in the right warden. way. The whole family lives in the same house but have separate lives. - Good for you! You make Somehow I think these kinds of parents are careless. the dream of getting out of your life even more exciting. It’s not about going to the football match or going to the shopping - Your slave is at you beck mall or spending much time with them. Be available when they need and call, Master to talk; don't hesitate to talk to them even when you think they're not listening. "You've become so materialistic." - Is there anything that you like about me? Anything at all? Non-supportive Parents "You were better when Unfortunately, not all our parents support us nor our decisions and you were younger." they don’t realize how that may negatively and emotionally affect us. Not only do you feel that your parents are against you and that you're - I’ve been told this ever left out at home, but also that the whole world has suddenly turned since I was four. When, for its back on you. I myself have experienced my share of non-support God’s sake, was I a better and it's hard to describe the hurt and pain that is caused when you're person?” aware that your parents don’t believe in you. You can reach a point - Everything is cuter when where you start doubting yourself, your abilities and your liability of younger. making your own choices. It can lead to an unrelenting gap between the both of you just because they ‘think’ this is a wrong choice, or because this isn't the life they had planned out they can sometimes shower you with support for you. And then you realize that you're parents that makes you believe you can conquer the aren't always there for you when you need them world with it. I'm grateful that my parents the most, leaving you alone trying to support supported me in some drastic choices I've made. yourself. Sometimes, they do cover your back and no To be fair to parents all over, including mine, matter how low you fall, they'll be able to lift you up with their encouragement. That’s pretty contradicting, right? I guess that's what being a parent is all about. Many parents Not Listening Parents neglect their “Mom, I want to tell you something.” children’s “Yes, dear.” problems “I have some problems…” and “What problems are you talking about? You’re still too young to have problems.” thoughts as they don’t A conversation most of you have gone through at least once in your life. Now listen to remembering what your feeling was at that them moment, you’ll be full of suppressed anger. Many parents neglect their children’s problems and thoughts as they don't listen to them and give them the chance to say what they want. This makes teens feel alienated from their family and feel uncomfortable in their own homes among their family members. Nowadays, most teens are searching for a person with whom they can share their thoughts and problems. This may end up in a total disaster, as some may choose wrong people to make them close. As time goes on, the feeling of alienation grows bigger and bigger, and teens will lose the feeling that their homes are their only refuge from all the bad things. Soon teens will lose the power to express themselves, and their thoughts will be just other prisoners in their minds (because their close ones don't listen). Finally, they may give up thinking and keep their talents buried inside them. May 2006 . TeenStuff
  16. 16. If parents listen to their children from an early Who Says They Know age, children will get used to sharing their thoughts with parents. Another positive result is that this it All? will make teens so open with their parents and won't do things behind their back. As a result, Maybe because of my brother…yes it might be the channels of communication between both because of my brother. Well, they do have the sides will always be on. These channels will always right to have a break… a break? They’re parents! make the relation between the two generations I’m not actually hallucinating, but that’s a real better for years ahead which will narrow the gap conflict I’m having with myself. I have those kind between them. At the end, I'm asking teens who of parents who are smothering my 27 year old read this to do their best to turn the channels brother with their over protection while I’m dying always on for a better life ahead. for little attention. I’ve always known my brother to be a source of trouble for my parents, a real kid who can’t handle anything on his own, needs his parents nagging him to get everything done. I'm So Over-protected But still, my brother isn’t my problem… my parents are! I’ve always fought for attention when Some may say that a cell phone is a blessing! everybody thought I could get my parents to Those people obviously don't have my kind of notice that and I could even get them closer to parents! me. At that time I thought they were my “parents” When every three seconds, you get a call from and that this was their own task, but later on I your folks inquiring, where are you? With who? found out that being a parent doesn’t mean you Why are you there? And when are you coming know it all. So, I decided to get closer to them back? that doesn't pronounce “confidence!” And and to try to get them involved in my own life you can't help but feel that you're a five year old and interests. I used to insist on going to certain kid. I know that these acts come from the fact errands with my dad instead of letting my brothers that they care, and I kind of like the feeling of drive me, but this got me into trouble as they being loved and missed, but not to the extent of thought I didn’t like to get along with my brother. suffocation. But I tried to explain what I really meant and I A little freedom can do wonders; just the feeling was actually under more stress which was seeing of being responsible for yourself and your actions my parent’s apathy with my own eyes. I remember can be rejuvenating every once and a while. one day I was telling my dad something that I'm not saying that parents should ditch us entirely, happened that day in school and he was only but finding some middle grounds can prove to be nodding but only when I recited the same incidence astounding. I have those kind of parents who are smothering my older brother with their over protection while I am dying for attention TeenStuff . May 2006 .11
  17. 17. three times that I noticed that he wasn’t even either. So after all, we can’t ask too there. I got to grab his attention once when I much of them. It’s enough that they’re mentioned my brother’s name in the middle of there for us and that they’re willing a conversation. I had no problem dealing with to protect us, even sacrifice parts of all that until it was their turn of attention. I their lives for ours if the need arises. passed through some hard time getting along with people at school and I wasn’t able to push The term, “unconditional love” is anymore, but unfortunately no attention was synonymous with the titles “mum” and given. I remember my mom seeing me cry so “dad.” No matter how desperately your hard without even asking. There was a certain girl/boyfriend’s in love with you, she/he’ll never time that I decided that this was enough, I could love you more than themselves. Our parents no more be a parent of my parents and do don’t love us because we’re good or cute; they whatever they’ve got to do. Then my relationship love us because we’re part of them. As a teen, with them turned into an 80 percent peer to I have no doubt my mum wants me to be the peer relationship. Sometimes I think that having best person in the whole world, as with all other such trouble, some kid could only push them to mums on the face of the earth. And I can’t even give little attention to the youngest kid especially begin to count the number of times my parents when they believe that this kid is responsible have done nice things for me, even in the middle enough and can get along alone. of my uttermost rudeness and disrespect. What we’re basically trying to say is, “Guys, - Sometimes I think that if I had my parents’ mums and dads - we have our differences and attention and support I would have been a better disagreements and there’s no ideal way of person, but these thoughts only lead me to think bridging the gap, but we know you love us and of what kind of parent I myself should be to my we love you back.” kids. I now dream of a family of my own, where Written By: I could actually avoid all mistakes of parenthood Engy Yehia, 20 that I’ve seen all through my life. Esraa Hegazy, 19 Hossam Abdel Mon'em, 21 Despite the wide gap between many of us and Nahla Sallam, 22 our parents, we love them and we rely on their Radwa Nour, 20 care and support. When worse comes to worst, Shady Sadat, 21 I can’t think of anyone I’d run to other than my mum or dad. Maybe they don’t understand us, Compiled by: but that’s okay… we don’t understand them Radwa Nour, 20 Illustration by: Adanan Hesham 30 . May 2006 . TeenStuff
  18. 18. Brave New World is written by Aldous Huxley. He was born in 1894, in Surrey, England. His parents were extremely intellectual, and living in such an atmosphere where he was very well educated at home and later at Eton. Unfortunately, Huxley had an eye disease that left him nearly blind. Most of his works deal with the clash that takes place between the interests of the society and those people of the society. This dispute reached its peak in his novel, Brave New World, published in 1932. In his extremely satirical Brave New World, Huxley, gives us a picture of what kind of life would be in the future. Being of course a writer who lived through different wars and conflicts, his image of the future was not so rosy, cheerful, optimistic nor a positive one. So, in brief, Brave New World stands for a dystopia (compared with Utopia - the ideal city.) The novel opens in the State's center for Hatchery, where some students are lead by the Director in its sections to watch and learn the everyday- kind of process. In this center, the State produces hundreds of baby twins under certain descriptions, sleep-teach them, assign them to certain tasks when they grow up and condition them to hate certain things. Babies are categorized into many kinds: Alfa, Beta, Gamma and Deltas. Alfa are the smartest and the Deltas are the dumbest. They teach babies and children to hate books and nature, for example, by giving them electric shocks when they try to touch books or flowers. Later, these babies grow up despising nature and knowledge (that could lead them to use their minds and rebel afterwards). This process is called conditioning. In Brave New World, motherhood, emotions, desire, knowledge and love are strictly prohibited and inexperienced by the citizens. They produce babies because the usual process of having babies is 'embarrassing'. Citizens in Brave New World have no problems; they do not age and they are put to death by the government's decision. And if anything goes wrong, they have Soma pills to make them feel at ease. The president and director hide thousands of documents and books, including the Bible, Plato's works, Shakespeare's and history books are taken away because knowledge is radically prohibited. Religion is also highly undermined. The citizens of the State must have more than one relation every month or two. Lenina, who has been seeing Henry Forster for three months, is being criticized and laughed at by her friend Fanny. On the other hand, Bernard Marx is in 'love' with Lenina because someone had pressed the 'wrong button' when he was a baby, so he grew up differently. He feels love and actually is extremely attracted to the heartless Lenina. Out of curiosity, Lenina leaves Henry, and goes with Marx on a trip to the Savage Reservation of New Mexico. There they meet a lady, Linda, who ran away with someone from the State and gave birth to John. Later John is introduced , as a romantic, decent, polite and religious young man. John and Lenina soon fall in love. It is not love for John, but 'love for change' for Lenina. John was brought up reading the complete works of William Shakespeare and believing in God. Later, Marx makes a deal with the president, to move John to the State, to study his case. When John arrives to the State he is completely shocked and starts having serious breakdowns. Do you think John can stand living in brave new world? What do you think happens to John at the end? Well...go and read the book because I would not like to spoil such a fantastic book's end! You might find, the novel 1984, written by George Orwell, interesting, as well. It also gives an image of what the year 1984 appeared in Orwell's mind. Orwell's predictions in 1984 failed. But who knows about Brave New World! Rana El Menshawi, 21
  19. 19. Thougts How can words ever describe I cry sometimes when we talk The feeling in my heart Even when I am smiling The day we first met The gift of your love Was the first spark Brings emotions I cannot hide Your sweet innocence and purity You drive me so crazy So honest, so sincere The feelings so deep inside So shy, memories I hold dear Wishing so much you could feel my heart We opened up to each other Knowing I will always be by your A little bit at a time side Each so cautious Our feelings becoming intertwined It is not easy to say things And in common But inside of you You know they are true We have grown closer together One day I will be with you Sharing everything inside To say, "I DO" Leaning from each other Letting the world go by One day… Some day… I tell her, "I love you" And she says she loves me too The feeling that goes through me Amgad.Kh, 15 I cannot begin to describe You are my girl, The lass who lights my days They were going to be fine You have been good to me She thought that all she did In so many ways Was fill their life with misery Did nothing all the time But make them worry One day a girl just sat there and cried Taking out her knife She sat there holding it She sat there for hours In her hand… it just fits Thinking of her life That was when she decided What made it worth the while? And slit her wrist What made it worth the strife? Cutting a vein That was when she realized Blood pouring out There was nothing at all Feeling no pain She was there by herself No yells, no shouts Just on her own As usual no one was there People thinking No one was around, no one She was doing great saw a thing When all the while As usual no one showed they On her shoulders laid a huge care weight And when she needed them the most One day a girl sat there and They were somewhere cried laughing and smiling Thinking of her life… that big While she was here so lost lie! One day a girl just sat there She sat there thinking and cried What would people feel Bleeding her life out If her life just ended now? One day a girl just sat there Would their pain ever heal? and died One day a girl just sat there and That was when she decided cried They were going to be okay by Not having anyone to get those time tears dried That was when she decided Yara Hani el Maadawy, 13 30 . May 2006 . TeenStuff
  20. 20. Introspection You look at the mirror, what can you see? Nothing. Of course, it’s too dark. How about turning the lights on? Now, what can you see? Still nothing? For sure you should start thinking of cleaning it up a told the witch that she was the most beautiful woman little; it's so unclean that you can't see anything. in the world? If only that mirror would had shut up then Okay, you did all the previous? Now what can you see? who knows? Maybe Snow White would have had a car Yes you can see yourself, what else did you expect?! accident (or horse accident back then) and died or lost Now have a closer look. Ignore those ears, nose and all her beauty. The witch would have been surely the most those strange features of yours; we’re not going to beautiful of them all. decide what species you are now! Now, move closer… See how mirrors can be so confusing and can get us closer… Stop, before you smack your face in the mirror! into trouble? Mirrors are just items to let us know when we need a Finally, you can look, look, look and look some more. hair cut or when we should wash our face. Have you reached that point when you start asking yourself questions in front of the mirror? Questions about So the next time you look at the mirror make it fast yourself, your worries, your future! I really don't know because once you start talking to it, you'll start getting what charm that mirrors have that drive us to start yourself into trouble. Besides, no one ever found that talking to them. If you haven't reach that point yet then talking mirror yet! But it may still be out there some you don't need to read the rest of this article and please place so take care and… smile! turn the page. If you did reach it, then snap out of it! What you see is what you get. Don't worry yourself by Abdu, 20 asking the mirror what tomorrow will be like; it's only a mirror, not a time machine! Instead of worrying and wondering, just smile because you must be looking at a beautiful face, hopefully. Don't expect the mirror to answer your questions, ‘cause those talking mirrors were stopped being made since Snow White’s fairy tale. When I remember that story, I find that it was the mirror that caused all that trouble. It was the mirror that brought death to its owner. What would have happened if it just
  21. 21. Open Letter And here I am recalling... I chose seven letters from the alphabet to keep them special as long as I'm living. They're divided into two parts. However, they don't form words; they mean a lot to me and to everyone who shared the same experience. Here's the evidence; the reason why you're reading this now. I.C.G.E. stands for the International Conference on I actually don't know where to begin and how to translate Global Economy. Being a delegate really helped me out on paper. I'm just writing this to let them all know that with loads of things especially gaining more and more even if we don't see one another except every now and information. But these are only four letters so what then, I still remember and we're still as close as we about the rest of the seven letters? were during the conference days! Answering this question will push me to write the other Guys, I never thought that I would meet a group of three letters by which I'll deepen the image now and people and bind with every single person like that! But dig more inside my mind and heart to remember the that's what really happened. Let me just say something ones of the truly most beautiful days I've ever lived! to each one of you. First of all - and on the top forever - will stay these three: B.C.S. stands for Business Crisis Stimulation, which was my council; my great council where I met a group Hussein Safwat; Sherine El Hussamy; and Aya of perfect people; those who really have a special place Abou Steit... our wonderful secretaries. I love you in my heart, right now. deeply and proud you were my secretaries. 32 . May 2006 . TeenStuff
  22. 22. Salma… My best and complimentary friend who I really loved being with. You always cheered me up. Keep being yourself dear friend. Radwa…. When I first saw you, I just felt I've truly known you for a long time! We have a lot of things in common. You're special so keep in touch please. Amr… My CEO! I really depend on you and always felt relieved when working together. Keep up the impressive personality. Yehia… Mr. Operations Manager! My old school mate that I only met now. Am really happy to add someone like you to my 'true friends' list. Daisy… I loved you being by my side during our closing ceremony trying to help me to stop crying. I was crying too. Love you dear. I'm always there. Thanks for being there. Love you. Cherry… You're sweet and understanding. We had Hazem… My true brother in this council. I always a great time together that I'll never forget. feel I'm with my brother when I'm with you, Hazem. Maybe because we both really have a lot in common. Essam… I didn't get to know you that well during Take care, my bro! the sessions but in the conference I found you to be very kind hearted. Take care of my lovely Radwa. Labban... You're so much fun! I had a very nice time dealing with you in the conference. Happy you Noran… It was always nice hearing you calling for couldn't get our passwprd ya nassab... lol a picture! Hope we all stick together; always study well. Abdul Rahman... I rapidly admired your straight forward personality. You're funny and kind and I Marwa… You're so cute. I loved dealing with your appreciate that. Egyptian Gulf Bank. Really I do love you a lot. I consider myself your sister. Omar… Really happy I got to know you; you're a gentleman that always lends a hand to help out. Ahmed Azhari (Bey)… Tell you something, there Thank you! were many banks offering the same percentage on L.C.s and even less; yet I just chose your bank for only one reason: That you were working there! Keep Enas… I felt your tears when you hugged me while up your spirit. Long live MBS! To continue the name list, I could go on and on till the last page of this magazine now! But Unfortunately, I have to stop right here. I send many greetings to: Dina (Dubai), Amr (UK Bulldozers), Farghali, Tarek, Titi, Nour, Yomna, and all the others. There are more and more to say hello to but it’s all written in my heart. Believe me. Love you all so, so much! You BCS guys are one of the main assets I got out of the whole ICGE experience! Keep in touch please. And always remember our good old days! Love, Doaa Samy ~DISF, 19
  23. 23. It has been more I realised to go. I still did not than a year now. something: I was a realise how long More than a year person loaded with that way was, since I have last ignorance and nevertheless. It was written a dot in this foolishness, both of discouragingly much magazine, let alone which were beyond longer than I still in this (former) measurement. I can imagine… series. It has been started out writing a very painful time with my mind, and A year had passed, for me… ended up scribbling and it was a very with my heart. unfriendly one Some of you have Nirvana had become indeed. I learned so never heard of me, a personal search many things, some some of you did but for truth in life, a of which may have forgotten search in which the actually turn out to about me, and some people who had be true one day, to of you may…well, written (and still my surprise. One still remember me write!) me feedback thing I do know is well. In short, I used letters, personal that I have to write, for a considerably good amount of time, a section that was called Nirvana in this magazine. The more I look back at my articles as a whole, I ostensibly find myself more and more puzzled as to what the section was really about. To find the connecting theme between all of my words was not a very easy job, even for the writer himself! However, things became much simpler once I admitted one simple fact to myself; there was never really one solid theme. Generally, one could say that it was about trying to make a difference. At first it was about making a difference in people around problems and surpassed my me. I saw myself as questions, helped teenage years this person loaded me more than I did beyond return, and with wisdom that with whatever that looms heavy on was endless and advice I gave them. my heart. I have that no one else With my final article, also begun to realise had! Partly to make I had reached a new how fast time a difference, and stage of being a passes, and how partly to boost my human being, a what my parents ego, I decided to somewhat better used to tell me write about that a stage, but I knew I when I was younger bit. As time passed, still had a long way may have been true May 2006 . TeenStuff