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The Muslim Girl’s Guide to Getting Into Top Tier Schools

It is not a coincidence that the first word of the Qur’an to be revealed to mankind was “read” or ‘Iqra’. Education, study, and research are all given high ranks within Islam and Prophetic teachings.  The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “One who treads a path in search of knowledge has his path…

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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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You Don’t Need A Community To Stay True To Your Beliefs

Staying true to my beliefs in my community– where my family probably made up the entire Muslim population in the area– was tough, to say the least. We actually moved around quite a bit in my childhood, and pretty much every neighborhood we’ve lived in has been predominantly white and Christian. There was seldom a mosque in our area, and…

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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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Our Iman Fluctuates, But Don’t Give Up!

“Prophet Muhammad (SAW)  taught us that Faith is never static. It increases and decreases, or waxes and wanes. It is our responsibility to assess where our faith is, and make it our duty to constantly work towards improving it.”1 It is a sunny, yet chilly Wednesday morning, as I sit inside one of my university’s…