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About sm1544

I am a sophomore at Rutgers University, I am studying Biology/Pre-medicine, in the hopes that I will go to medical school and maybe become a doctor! I am 20 years old, born in Cairo, Egypt.


I believe this time of the year is the most stressful time of the year for every college student around the nation. Finals put so much stress on students, studying for multiple exams in a short period of time really drives people to the edge. However, I came to think that maybe it is all about time management and student just need to find the right time on when to study, eat, and sleep…

Finals are just a dilemma, with just one test a person could go from having an A to a B in just a blink of an eye. Finals are not any different than the others tests we take, but, students have more to study for and while trying to study for others subjects that are possibly on the same day. All in all, I wish you all good luck on your finals.


Working Black Friday

There are two view points that people see on black friday, the shopper and the employer working at a retail store. The shopper see it as an opportunity to buy as many things, they experience the rush and the excitement to start the holiday season shopping. However, people working that day experience many different emotions working that day. People shopping on black friday are going to malls, retail stores, and to many stores for one goal; to shop. It could be something that they actually need or not at all. Everything drops in prices and people see it as opportunity to get something for a low price.

However, shoppers sometimes do not see that there are people working for 8 to 9 hours shift trying to help those eager shoppers. In my experience, shoppers can be rude, disrespectful and will not appreciate those workers working unusual hours and for what? to obtain an object that will last for few years and then thrown out but on the expense of other people. In my opinion, people in any circumstances should be rude to others just to have an object.

Did pervious generations have it easier than ours?

Yesterday, while talking to two of my close friends studying organic chemistry, one of them out of frustration yelled “my parents are so lucky, they did not have to study all of this material and they did not have cells phones or computers to distract them  like us” my other friend studying organic chemistry at that time agreed with her. However, after being in this class and discussing how technology made a lot of our daily lives easier and at the same time took time right out of our hands, I was very hesitant to agree with them.

Maybe yes, pervious generations did not have the same amount of material to study as we do now, yet, they also did not have computers or “google” to look up explanations, videos, examples and more. They had to go to the library look up the right books, resources, or even meeting up with professors. That took a lot of time and effort, it was not easier than us in terms of learning material. I believe each generation face problems the next generation will not face. That is because as time moves forward, solutions for pervious problems gets solved and therefore whatever problems our generation is facing, the next will not. In my opinion, no one had it easier than anyone, we all have different stories, time periods and problems that we just have to face them with the time comes.

“Rutger’s Bus Playlist” by Maggie

This podcast is creating a buzz with our class and there is a reason why; it’s pretty awesome.  That just open people’s mind that everyone is different, people’s music and their taste all differ. Even when people listen to the same type of music, there are exception and moods that people set for themselves when they are doing homework, working, studying or simply just chilling. The podcast was really organized that very well done and it was so entertaining to listen to. The music used at the beginning created the right mood to present the podcast, it presented the many genres music has and that everyone have the privacy to listen to whatever they want to. It was a great piece to listen to!

“Bruce Springsteen” by Mary

Mary your podcast was very organized and informative, I believe that the songs you chose  grabbed my attention especially at the beginning of the podcast. Or maybe the fact that songs are all good and I was waiting to hear more. I was never a Springsteen listener but after listening to your podcast and going from one song to another, I started really liking the style. I really liked the Pete Seeger sessions quiet a lot, it felt really calming and relaxing to hear. I googled the album later on to listen to and it was awesome. I really liked it and I am so glad I listened to your podcast, it really showed that you put a lot of work on it and organize it for the listener to follow and enjoy! 

“Before I die” by Neil

Your podcast was very interesting to listen to because that question “what would you want to do before you die?” differ for everyone. I liked the fact that you would want to visit all the States first, have a beer in each state before you go traveling to other places. I realized that we have a lot of interesting places and things that we could do that are right here yet we take them for granted because they are next to us. The bucket list could be something so simple yet something we wouldn’t do everyday of our lives. In my opinion, the bucket list should be something out of the norm because we live life following the norm like everybody else, so my bucket list would be doing something abnormal. That is why the bucket list is so interesting because people’s perspective on it differ completely. My bucket list and my best friends is really different even though our personality is very alike. Hearing you podcast was very entertaining and showed new perspective to look at.




This is a child abuse poster, specifically made for abused children that are afraid to ask for help.A poster made by The Spanish organization ANAR Foundation (Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk). They started a new street poster campaign that uses the process of lenticular printing to secretly send a message to abused children without alerting their abusers, even if they’re walking together. Anyone over 4’5” sees this view, with a caption: “Sometimes, child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it. However, anyone shorter sees the beaten child version of the poster with another caption saying: “If somebody hurts you, phone us and we’ll help you.”

This is beyond brilliant; a poster made just for those who need to see it. Children who are abused are always afraid to ask for help, or do not know how to ask for it. By using the lenticular printing in such a way can help abused children seek help. However, it is still tricky because the children might think the abuser is seeing what he or she is seeing. However, regardless of the hypothetical situations if both the abused and abuser can see it or not, this is a brilliant idea that should be used globally and not in just one country.