this is just the start

Hello. We are five friends, who study together at the American university in Cairo.  We all take the English course together, that is why we formed a group, where we can comment and post our opinion and comments on this blog. Let me start by introducing the group.

Randala is 18 years old. She’s originally from Syria and moved to Egypt two months ago to study in AUC.When I talk to her and ask her if Egypt is different from Syria, she always says that she doesn’t feel that she’s away from home  because Egypt almost has the same traditions that Syria .

Marina just loves weekends. For her the weekend  is the time to chill out and go out with friends, but unfortunately that doesn’t always happen, because of the professors think that she does not make enough effort to deliver her assignments on time. She sometimes wishes that university was like school, where she can just put on the uniform every morning and just go to school, where you can just chill with friends.

Nouran El-Berry is quiet, but really smart.   This is her first semester at AUC. The reason she hates university is that her classes start at 8:30 in the morning, which means that she has to wake up at 6:00 a.m.  . Her schedule is perfect for a nerd. She has running classes from 8:30 in the morning till 2 in the afternoon so never has time to meet her friends or  grab something to eat between classes.

Mayada is the funniest person I have ever met and the youngest member in our group ( she’s 17 years old). When she drives into university with her car, she parks it across two spaces and walks away grinning. After she finishes her 11:30  class, her favorite part of the day begins. Assembly hour is  when she meets with her friends, gossips,  and eats. After assembly she goes to her favorite class, Rhet 101. She has the most fun in Rhet101 because she can freely express her opinion in class discussions.

I’m Ingy, at 20 years old I’m the oldest in the group and perhaps the oldest in the whole class. This is my second semester at AUC. I intend to major in economics and minor in psychology. My day starts really early. I wake up at 6;30 in the morning, take a shower, get dresses, put my things into my bag and I drive to the meeting point of the busses to go to university. In the bus, I sit next to this really cute boy, I was about to hit four times with my car. Because of this incident, we became friends. That is why the bus ride never gets boring

So this is our group. As you can see we have different personalities and our lives are also different. We promise we’re going to post our comments and analysis on interesting things soon. J






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7 Responses to this is just the start

  1. Douglas Mills says:

    Hello Friends!

    My name is Douglas Mills, and I am with Jamal Rashad-Patterson, Jessica Gunther, and Stephanie Chong. We are all current sophomores in a writing class called Humor, Race and Class at Stanford University.

    I (Douglas) am 19 years old and am from California. I am studying Product Design and am also a member of the varsity basketball team here at Stanford. I spend a lot of my free time with friends and enjoy different types of comedy, especially stand-up and humorous cartoons such as Family Guy and The Boondocks.

    My name is Jessica, I am studying human biology and I am a varsity synchronized swimmer here on campus. I like to read, bake and spend time with friends in my free time. My favorite movies are Borat and Juno, and I enjoy all types of humor.

    And I’m Stephanie. I also study human biology, though I haven’t yet decided on a major–my interests range from studio art to communication to economics. I’m addicted to 30 Rock (one of the funniest and yet mundane TV shows, in my opinion!), and The Office is a close second.

    My name is Jamal-Rashad Patterson. I’m from South Atlanta(McDonough), GA. I’m a sociology major. I’m also a student-athlete(football) here at Stanford University. Family Guy and The Boondocks are shows that I find hilarious. I also enjoy watching stand-up comedies.

    As you can see we are a diverse group but we all enjoy humor and comedy and we look forward to discussing our ideas and perspective with you!

    Take care

  2. Jonathan Bernadel-Huey says:

    Our names are Charlie, Camryn, Kaipo, and Jonathan. We’re all sophomores at Stanford University taking a writing class called “What’s so funny? Humor, race, class & gender”.

    Kaipo is from Hawaii. He’s 19 and a prospective environmental engineer. He likes to fish, surf, draw, play guitar, play video games and loves all types of humor. He’s been playing volleyball since he was 12 and his favorite color is red.

    Jonathan is 20 and from California. He plays lacrosse and practices martial arts, and enjoys lots of types of humor. He is majoring in product design– which is basically a mixture of mechanical engineering, art, and a little psychology.

    Charlie is also 20 and originally from Dallas, Texas. He enjoys playing any team sports, piano, and drums. He enjoys a good laugh as much as anyone else. He is pursuing a chemical engineering major. He enjoys traveling immensely, but hasn’t been bale to travel to Africa or Antartica yet.

    Camryn is 22. She is a transfer student and this is her first year at Stanford. She rides horses, plays bass guitar and is a writer for the Stanford band’s half time shows. She is a prospective film major and is interested in humor because she likes to do screen writing and someday wants to write a comedy. She also loves to travel.

    Questions: What do you think about the ongoing current events in Egypt? Also, have you noticed a shift in humor (either the material that is made fun of or the amount that something is made fun of etc)?

  3. American University in Cairo says:

    There is a great hope for Egypt’s future. It will take time to rebuild Egypt but it’s going to be better than it was before.

    Egyptians decided to make the change themselves. They are more active and positive. Many teens activists cleaned streets, painted pavements and helped poor people. We did groups on face book to support the Egyptian tourism. Just in few days, a lot of positive groups were made to spread positivity spirit, charity and cleaning projects.

    There are three types of people ; people who are willing to wait and get through hard times, others who want everything to be perfect and normal as fast as possible. And the third type are people who are benefiting from the revolution, like the Salafeen (extremists), Muslims brotherhood, and some figures who want to be elected in the Parliament.

    We can now freely make fun of Mubarak. Moreover, we are able to oppose any thing we don’t like in our system.

    At the same time, humor wasn’t far away from the revolution. We were making jokes and having fun thus the hard times we were going through. A lot of jokes were made up about old governmental figures inside the Tahrir Square.

    It was our first time that our votes were counted. Before the revolution, some people used to go and vote but their votes were useless. Others even didn’t participate as they thought that their votes weren’t going to matter or change something.

    During the revolution we were depending on ourselves for security as we were lacking police officers; men used to guard houses at night. But now we are currently living in a safe society after all the incidents that happened. We now have to follow certain rules for security like a curfew which is set from 2am to 5am.

    Thank you for the comments, take care.

  4. Ingy says:

    hey everyone,
    i just want to say that during the revolution, some people in some countries supported us, and even some of them went to demonstrate in front of the Egyptian embassy in their countries. There are also people, who thought that this is just chaos, and that this revolution is not going to change anything in Egypt.
    So what did you guys think about, when the revolution was taking place?And how was the Media responding to what was going on here in Egypt?

  5. American University in Cairo says:

    hi everyone, this is Nouran
    i have to say that i was proud of being Egyptian, but there was no specific reason for that, but now i am really feeling proud because of so many solid reasons, basically because we had the courage to speak up without being afraid of anyone. Moreover, although the fact that there were millions protesting in Tahrir square, no fights or crimes happened which showed how respectable the Egyptians are.
    At last, i have a question for you, i would like to know from you guys how you were thinking about Egyptians before the revolution? and did the revolution changed those thoughts if yes, how or in what way?

  6. Samuel Nasralla says:

    Hello , this Samuel

    I see egyptians before the revolution in a closed circle where they can’t get out of it. The circle was corrupted, and we didn’t have a choice to get out of this circle or to choose our fate. After the revolution it all changed, we finally got out of this closed circle. By getting out of this circle, we had the choise in our hands wether if we want to have better egypt or a worse one before the revolution. So the revolution gave us this choise and we have to use it in the best way.

  7. Marina says:

    Hi this is Marina,
    I think that the Egyptians’ perspective in being able to make a difference changed a lot after the revolution. The revolution didn’t only change their perspective it also encouraged them to be more positive about “The New Egypt”. Concerning your question Egyptians are humorous citizens, they are used to make fun of their current situation rather than using violence. I think this behavior is somehow correlated to the dictatorial regime we were once under, because back then we were not allowed to express our opinions frankly about neither the ruler nor the regime , so we had to find an alternative indirect way to express our opinion which is humor.

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