Testing Assumptions!

Testing Assumptions!

Oftentimes, we believe things will go in a certain way, yet we really haven’t lived out those experiences and we aren’t sure that most of our hypothesis about circumstances will end up as we have assumed.

Taking this new job will make me feel more fulfilled, moving to this new city will open up doors of opportunities, getting into this relationship will make me happier, adopting this new lifestyle will make me healthier. These and many more assumptions are held by individuals on a daily basis, but I, however, believe that the time comes when those assumptions get tested.

Multiple CV Versions? Google Docs To The Rescue!

 

It is often said that Multi-talented people are usually the most conflicted people. Being on the  creative side, I find that to be very true in almost all ramifications. One of the areas I constantly find this challenge, though not only peculiar to multi-talented people, is when reviewing my CV to apply for a job, project or opportunity. What I have ended up with as the years went by is one heavily revised but current CV, and few templates here and there from the many variations used for past applications. Worst still is having all these variations in multiple copies across devices for when you need access to your CV on the go.

What I learned in the first two months in DC !

I am learning new and expanding my horizon of understanding, knowledge and information, though I get bit confused sometimes. I am adapting to new work environment and culture slowly. I want to share my learning through the process of adapting in a totally different environment in DC, and are as follows:
1. Be open and ask. Until you are honest and open about yourself, nobody will come to help you. If don’t know anything, just say ‘I don’t know, but I am here to learn’, which gives an impression to others that you are very much willing to learn.
2. Seek for support. If you need any information or help, just ask your colleagues/ supervisor/ fellows. People around you are really kind and willing to support, if you seek for help.
3. Overcome cultural barriers. We are from different world with different cultures, values, languages and ideologies but these should not hinder our learning process. At some point of your stay, you are going to experience culture shock. So, when you find something is not working, admit yourself that you are experiencing culture shock. Once you admit it, you will try to work on it and overcome it eventually. But, the first step is always admitting that you are experiencing culture shock. As for me, first couple of weeks have been so hard to comprehend what the colleagues are talking about, I tried to get along with them but could not. I started felling alone. After a week, I realized that I am experiencing culture shock and I worked on it.
4. Communicate. Try to communicate with your colleagues, team mates, other fellows, people you meet at events, local ambassadors and atlas corps staff. For instance, I was confused with my training plan, I sought help from fellows’ fellow and they are so kind that they helped me how can I plan my training plan. Fellows have been through the experience so you can learn so much from them.
5. Be proactive. You are here to learn and make a difference in your own life and other peoples’ lives in future. So, come up with ideas, share and be proactive to act.
6. Try to do new thing which you have not done before. I have tried to learn riding bike in DC and I am proud to say that I can now ride bike confidently. I am hydrophobic but I did Kayaking to overcome my fear of water. I kept on reminding other fellows that I don’t know swimming and they made fun of me. The moment I started to paddle a Kayak, it felt awesome. It is true that fear is mental construct, it’s just in our head. Doing these stuffs, made me feel empowered and happy.
7. Enjoy and have fun. Atlas Corp Fellowship is not only about gaining professional experience. Don’t be too serious about your professional career. Try to make this opportunity as a life changing experience. Try to explore and learn from the people, cities, culture. Build network, explore the cities, make friends, learn and have fun.
8. Be positive and optimistic. We are learning every day and we have a great future waiting for us. With positive and learning temperament, you can achieve what you want.

You Need to Have Bigger Dreams

Sarah told me and It did not get out of my head

 

In November I met Sarah’s family, we spent Thanksgiving at her parents’ house in a town near Washington. After eating a lot, and to make room for dessert, we went for a walk to a forest that is just across the street. I am such a nature lover that I just thought “I love it, I want to live here and have this every day” and as we walked, I imagined stories of me running every day on the trails of that forest at sunset.

Building Bridges and Empowering Young Leaders

Check my video about building bridges. I am building bridges through empowering Syrian refugee women. The name of our project is “The Al Shami Kitchen”. This is a project that aims to provide Syrian refugees residing in Turkey with an opportunity to socially and culturally integrate into Turkish society and develop economic self-sufficiency. This project seeks to make a positive impact on the lives of Syrian refugees through the infrastructure that the Kitchen is planning to establish. HERE is the link of the video!

Unlocking innovation in unexpected places

Since a decade or so, I have had a large encounter with vibrant social change leading organizations and am still just as overly excited when I come to know new ones. I have been ever since trying to dissect the social innovation anatomy and how some unique social change leaders seem to effortlessly thrive on achieving change at a transformative scale —and trying to emulate them.

2 months as an Atlas Corps Fellow!

This week marks my two months Fellow-anniversary. I can’t believe how fast the past weeks have gone.

When I first landed in DC in May to start my journey in the US, I was excited and anxious at the same time. I knew this year was going to be different in so many ways. I had doubts because leaving home, family and friends is never easy but I was definitely ready to embrace change, constantly keeping in mind the famous quote of Lily Leung “When in doubt, choose change.”

HIM

His olive colored skin stretched across every square inch of him without a blemish or a bruise. There was a sprinkle of hair on his toes, but his unending legs were a blanket of silky dark hair.

The grey shorts he wore hugged his lean hips as if it were forever their resting place. As my eyes longingly continued its upward journey, they were greatly rewarded with a flat stomach which was not obscenely covered in the outrageous 8-pack, but were instead chiseled with a mere 6-pack which looked as if they were designed by the Almighty Himself.

PROMOTING STEM IN AFRICA

STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is poised to be a game changer towards the long-term economic development and prosperity of the African continent. For so long, Africa has been mischaracterized, misjudged, belittled and underrated by the West. But a new thing is happening. Africa is rising like a phoenix from the ashes, and getting ready to redeem its lost glory. Many young people are returning back to the continent with the sole purpose of making a contribution to the growth and prosperity of the continent.

How Tunisia’s Anti-Graft Law Disturbs the Process of Transitional Justice.

Originally published by the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

On May 24, 2017, as protesters walked away from Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis, something unusual for this northern African country was happening. Activists on social media started sharing news of several police raids targeting “big fish” businessmen and public officials. As hours passed and more prominent names joined the list of those arrested, Tunisians on Facebook began cheering for their government for the first time in years. Later in the day, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed briefly appeared in front of the government’s headquarters. “In the war on corruption, there’s no choice,” he declared. “It’s either corruption or the state. Either corruption or Tunisia, and I’ve chosen Tunisia. I’ve chosen the state.”