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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…

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Muslim Girls and Alcohol

Let’s stick to the drinks that are in the picture, Amani. It’s 12 AM and I’m currently at a party surrounded by drunk college kids, limitless booze, lowered inhibitions, and an eagerness to have a good time. I usually don’t consciously make the decision to be in these types of settings, but even though my…

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How To Pick Up Hijabis

Ahh. You may be looking at this title and thinking, “NOURA, THAT’S HARAM, YOU HARAMI.” And my response to that is, “Actually… this mini-guide is meant for you, girl.” It’s the beginning of the spring semester and we’re thrust into classes with, more often than not, people we have never met. What if in that…

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OMG, did you hear about… how to avoid Gossiping?

So, we are all females here and we all know how easy it is to get sucked into the newest story of Eman and how she and Tamer are no longer engaged. Or how Hoda is no longer employed by that big fashion company. Or how Mona and Lina are no longer friends. Although these…

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Guys and Friendships

Recently I have been asked numerous questions about maintaining friendships with guys while also staying true to your faith. This area is always seen in either a black or white light, however, it does not need to be. In today’s society, it is more common to be a part of a group that consists of…