Category: Grapevine


Twitter Treatment

I thought entering the social media world would be a child’s play. If you think about it, the process consumes exactly 2 minutes of your time; mainly filling in some contact information to create a free account. However, incorporating social media into my daily life was the toughest part.

After creating my twitter account I realized that I was very inactive compared to my friends. That’s why I decided to boost my twitter activity, so I started locating top influencers around the world and following them.

It all started by skimming through the titles or first 3 words of each tweet just to create an illusion to myself that I’m active and ‘informed’.

A year later I realized that there are some fields that interest me more than others so I tracked influencers in that particular field and became their ‘true follower’.

A month later, I found myself waking up every morning eager to check my twitter updates, enthusiastic to read almost every tweet/ or link to article that catches my eye. I simply could not lay my head on the bed without going through almost everything that could happen around the world concerning media, communication, or anything else.

Twitter revived the sleeping geek in me. I woke up a month after “the twitter treatment” feeling #likeaboss , communicating with hash tags and expressing myself confidently, sharing my opinions to the rest of the world freely, wanting to know more.

The next step after the twitter treatment was finding the blogger in me. Tweeting has surely given me a new taste of media, and I’m looking forward to tasting a new flavor through blogging.

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Salzburg-ed

When it comes to describing the three weeks I spent in Salzburg I run out of words. I simply cant find the right word to describe any moment I lived in that magical palace or as we learned to call it “schloss”. Sometimes when words cant describe a feeling you just have to use pictures or even videos. Still, people who haven’t lived with you those 3 weeks would never get you. I feel like I’m this ignorant lady who travelled to a new country and came back bragging about what she saw. But it’s not like that. It’s not about what I saw, or where I stayed, or what museums I visited. It’s about the people that I lived with, the friends I made for life, the lessons I learned: academic and personal, it’s about the chance I had to meet the worlds most inspiring faculty members. It’s about those limits that I crossed, that comfort zone that I came out of. It’s about being completely open to everyone else’s ideas and experiences. It’s about being a Salzburg Academy Alumnus.

When my friends here at home ask me what I miss the most I say: I miss being fed 5 times a day, I miss living for the day and not planning anything ahead, I miss sharing a room with the most adorable roommate Amy, I miss Leyal’s Freak out moments, I miss hanging out with salma, I miss those psychiatry talks I had with Jimena, I miss cracking jokes with Mona, I miss the Syrian talks with Hisham, I miss hanging out with Skyler and imitating his British accent, I miss Santiago’s ‘Eloo’, I miss Allonso’s ‘sajja’, I miss Rindala’s innocent comments, I miss Serina’s Dr. Abu Hisham jokes, I miss MOSES, I miss Raquel’s squoshy hugs, I miss Shaza’s funny eye-looks, I miss all the people in this academy, all those friends I knew will be lifetime friends… They would never get how much I miss those people and this academy. I have always made fun of those who study abroad and come back saying: This experience changed my life, I’m touched forever or bla bla bla” but now I’m one of those people, I truly get what they have been through. Slazburg definitely was an experience of a lifetime.

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