October 6th, 2014

As humans we experience and learn new things every day, which is understandable since our brain is constantly working to learn new information. We also discover new emotions throughout our lives, whether it be an emotion that we have never experienced or an emotion that is being enhanced to a greater level. I, like every other human being in this world have experienced great emotions throughout my life, and like every other human, not all emotions were enhanced at its greatest. Continue reading

September 27, 2014

I ran across this quote today,

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

-Steve Jobs

What got me thinking about this quote was the thought process I went through when I was quiet young, around when I was in the 5th grade. You see, whenever someone asked me the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I never had an answer like all the kids my age. I would hear kids say “Doctor, Vet, Police men, Firefighters” the typical thing you would expect a child to respond with. Continue reading

May 20th, 2014

I have been sick for the past week, and it has been absolute torture. I don’t get sick easily, but what sucks is that when I do get sick, it’s like my body is about ready to die. So conveniently (note my sarcasm there) my final exams have also started. The universe just hates me doesn’t it?

My last exam is today, and I am not looking forward to it. From what I have heard, this exam is pure horror and stress and I don’t doubt it one bit. So here I am, my body is drained of energy, trying to heal, while I force myself to stay awake and not faint in place.

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Open Your Eyes

By: Shanzida Khandaker

When you’re born in a country, even if you didn’t grow up in it, there is always a special connection you feel towards it; there is that feeling of love that is unexplainable. However, no matter how strong your love is, regardless of the situation, your mind kicks in and you think logically. Logical thinking isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually the contrary. You adapt to the world around you, and then, when you go into a world that is so different from what you have grown up with, nothing seems to make sense.

I always felt mind boggled when I looked at the situation in Bangladesh. A country that had been so passionate to earn its independence, and had earned it, turned into something close to unexplainable. There is no denying that Bangladesh is a beautiful country; with the nature that covers the grounds of it and the forests that exists carrying the creatures only unique to it, Bangladesh is a country that is one of a kind. Continue reading

October 14, 2013

I was sitting in engineering 110 and listening to the professor’s lecture. There was about 20 minutes of class left when we were dismissed. I gathered my stuff and got up to leave. Just as I was about to pick up my cup of coffee, it toppled over. Everything seemed to be going in slow motion and I froze. One second I was about to leave, and the next there was a huge puddle of coffee all over the table.I quickly gathered my thoughts and my mind screamed at me for being an idiot.

I looked around the room, most of the students had left, only a few were talking to the professor about a project. thankfully, there was a bathroom right outside the room. So, for the next ten minutes, i ran from and to the bathroom gathering paper towels and cleaning up the table. I finally wiped the last bit down, and cleaned it off with a wet paper towel to remove the stickiness. I was almost finished when my professor came up to me. I looked up and realized that all the other students had left. “Oh, you’ve got it all cleaned up, that’s good,” he said, then before turning away, he added “hey, at least it smells good in here,” he smiled. I think I was read as a tomato. I quickly grabbed my bag and what remained of my coffee and ran to my next class.

Need I say, I was extra carefull with coffee from then.

-Shanzida Khandaker

October 1st, 2013

Sometimes you feel as if every breath you take, ever action you make is for someone else. Everyone is said to have a choice in what they do, but sometime you feel like that’s not true for you. You feel like something in your life just didn’t turn out right, causing your current stage to be filled with hardship. You do things to please others, when truly, you are never pleased. You do things to hope that others will look at you and say “Hey, look at that girl, she’s in the right path, doing exactly what she’s told to.” Yet your mind is screaming at you to make it stop. What you really want is to be free, to have a life that you dreamed to have for yourself. But dreams only feel like fantasies, something that cannot be reached, and something that feels like just a hair way from your fingertips. Continue reading