The Past and the Future

It has been a while.  This last school year was my roughest yet, and I had to turn my focus to my classes.  My attention could not be towards anything else.  During the first week of the summer I was still studying, however, that was only for a couple of SAT Subject Tests. Now my summer is truly beginning.  All of that is done now and I am ready to get back into my writing.

First off, I would like to give a shout out to my professor from the University of Chicago and a dear friend of mine, Dr. Michael Subialka. Earlier this year, he had emailed me explaining that as he was going through old files in preparation for his next class, he stumbled upon my blog. He had told me that he was glad and excited for me as I was getting more involved in the political process and hoped that I was continuing my writing and sharing my experiences. This simple message really hit home for me.  It made me take a step back and appreciate that others were noticing what I was doing. To know that one of my mentors and an individual that I admire so greatly was commending me for my work was truly humbling.

To be in a position to volunteer for political campaigns and meet my local, state and national leaders has been eye-opening and educational. I know I am quite fortunate.  These experiences require putting in the effort and the drive so you can benefit from the experience and knowledge you receive. To be completely honest, I have not been putting in the necessary work towards those endeavors lately. Things were popping up during the school year and extracurriculars continued to impede any progress I made. But one thing Dr. Subialka has reminded me of is that writing of any kind is something you can truly make your own.

So with this, I would like to explain what the future holds for the Muslim Moderate. I plan to attend the ISNA Convention again this year and bring more content such as interviews and my thoughts on speakers and lectures I attend. I also plan on staying updated on my work in the political field, specifically with the new Mayor of Rockford, Tom McNamara. And of course, I hope to continue to share my thoughts on the world and any ideas I have to make it a better place.

Thank you to all of those who have shown continued support in my absence.

Freshman year…

As my first year in high school comes to a close, I have been thinking a lot about the many wonderful experiences I enjoyed. In particular, I ponder about which was the most influential experience.

  • I made the varsity soccer team as a freshman.
  • I played scholastic bowl with state championship players.
  • I marched in football game halftime shows as a member of the marching band.
  • I started a pep squad for the band members.

However, without a doubt, it has to be my time in Model UN and the conference at the University of Chicago, MUNUC. Attending the conference and participating in formal debates about issues surrounding ocean pollution and the safety of international journalists really opened my eyes. It was a glimpse into how the real UN and other groups work in solving world problems. Model UN has spurred my interest in political science and international relations. It has sparked a curiosity in me to follow some new pursuits: participating in political campaigning. Joining Model UN was definitely been one of the best choices I made as I began my high school career. I would recommend it to other high school students.