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13 Tips to Make Transitioning to College Abroad Way Easier

There is no doubt that finishing high school is a very relieving, yet stressful time. I think each person goes through different phases, naturally, and attending university is a critical transition. One is no longer technically under their parents’ wings. Everyone has different experiences going to university. Some people want to stay where they lived…

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What it’s Like Being Muslim on a Catholic Campus

  Being Muslim on a Catholic college campus certainly has its ups and downs. First off, there’s the inevitable challenge of being different from the majority. While there is a significant population of Muslims on my campus, we are a minority and are often looked at with a lesser value in the eyes of students….

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5 Ways MSAs Actually Discourage Muslims From Joining

Muslim Student Associations (MSAs) are often formed to raise awareness and understand Islam on college campuses. They are also meant to create safe havens for Muslim students and to create a sense of community among Muslim students in largely non-Muslim colleges. However, many MSAs often deter Muslims from joining due to their toxic environments. Whether…

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5 Ways to Stay Close to Your Faith in College

For incoming freshmen, college is absolutely terrifying. It’s not an easy adjustment, especially when you’re moving far away from home. You’re thrown into a huge pool with unfamiliar faces and are told to figure it out on your own. It’s easy to be negatively influenced or tempted when you’re in such a new environment. Consider…

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Self-Defense Tips and Techniques for Walking Alone at Night

The sky is long past hues of gold and red, and uniform darkness takes over instead. The street lamps flicker, casting light to brighten the night, and yet, across the brick walls the shadows lengthen. The few people that are still out and about are scattered, so distant that you can barely make out their…

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Eyes on the Prize

I graduated from a private Islamic school in June 2012. I was a student there since I was in 4th grade. I remember resenting the hijab and the Islamic curriculum, but I grew to appreciate them as the years went on and I got older (and hopefully wiser). When I entered high school, everything I…

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How to Not Study for Finals

It’s that wonderful time of the year when the weather finally gets warm enough to wear single layers and sandals, when it’s finally time to pull out the sunglasses and drive around with the windows down. When it’s finally time to… that’s right, study for finals. The week of my Sociology 101 exam was a…

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You’ve Got Game, Why Not Show It?

Have you ever heard a successful person say, “Confidence is key!” when she’s asked how she accomplished such-and-such a feat? I know I have, and that’s NOT an easy thing to hear when confidence isn’t embedded in your system. It’s tough seeing the go-getters around you rise to the top, take chance after chance, grab…