Joining the faculty of Arts, English department was not one of my dreams. I just joined it because I did not want to be an engineer and I couldn’t join the faculty of Alsun. Luckily, it took me no time to fall in love with the study there. And for some reason, I loved almost all the professors. I owe my British accent to Dr. Adel Hamouda (may his soul rest in peace) and Dr. Dalia Al Shayyal. Professors there taught me refined manners even through the simple act of reading a poem, an excerpt from a novel or even a criticism article. I am forever grateful to them for what I am now.
A couple of years after graduation, I started my M.A. Studying and working at the same time left almost no space for any social life. I could go out only in summer, only when I didn’t take summer courses. It was very tough, specially with an educational institution as demanding as AUC. However, I enjoyed every bit of it. To those who don’t know, I am a marketing researcher and my M.A. is in English and Comparative Literature; two different fields. I did it for my personal pleasure and because I very much enjoy studying literature. I remember those tough, yet happy, days where I used to sleep for 2-3 hours a day because I had work to finish and a paper to write. I still remember my lingering in the big library, touching books with my hands, enjoying the feeling of the precious papers. Wednesdays’ musical nights in Ewart hall. The chicken salad sandwich I hastily grab after the class before jumping into the underground to get back to work. The fountain and the lonely hours I spend staring at it. The hopes and prayers to get a decent financial aid from the university. ‘Amm Sayed in front of the main gate. I still remember me and Rabab studying Italian trying to pass the exam with professor Balsamo. I still remember the endless chats among the amazing trio (Rabab, Nesreen and myself)… those two girls made a lot of things tolerable. Rabab and her compassion when I get a ‘B’ trying to ease my self-lashing. Nesreen, the creative, clever girl… quiet yet full of amazing ideas. Oh, those were the days!
Why have I turned into a chatterbox? I guess I just wanted to introduce this:
Yes, I am published :) VDM, a German publishing house specialised in academic publications, contacted me to publish my thesis entitled: Nature and Mystical Identity: Three Journeys to the Absolute. I cannot believe I have my name on a book of my own! I feel privileged and grateful to Allah first for everything, then to those who helped me through that journey.
AND it’s here on Amazon :)
الحمد لله حمدًا كثيرًا طيبًا مباركًا ملئ السمواتِ والأرض وما بينهما.ا