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Hi everyone,

I need you help with a college assignment. We are studying Howard Gardener's theory of multiple intelligences and for this assignment I need to ask quite a few people which of the nine intelligence(s) is/are the strongest within themselves and how has that worked to their advantage.

So... from these descriptions below... which ones fit you the best?


Overview of the 9 intelligences )
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After a lot of paperwork and reviewing answers for my civics test, I did my interview today, along with my civics and English test and I passed!

In two weeks I will take part in my naturalisation ceremony!
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And I just mailed of my N400 form, to officially apply to become a US citizen. Along with all the necesary documents. So now I have to wait for my appointment to be finger printed and maybe begin studying the replies to the questions on the civics test...

... which is basically memorizing the replies to 100 very basic questions that can be asked in the interview. I took American History and Civics in high school. Should that not be enough to show I know the basics? You might know the facts if you have memorized all the correct replies, but that doesn't show that you really understand it, does it...



 
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Thanks to several generous donors I have been able to gather the necesarry school supplies. They are all boxed up in one of the rooms of the mansion...

Now comes the next part... the packages have to be made. Any volunteers who would be willing to help me with that? 
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About six weeks ago I interviewed two people from the homeless shelters in District X. In September the schools will be starting again, also for the children in the shelters, but there is a problem and that a great shortage of basic school supplies. Things like pen & pencils, note books, binders, a calculator for the older grades.

I have been doing some research and frankly, the school district does not really care. In Carlifornia there is a program called K to college who supplies basic school supplies to children around the state. I figured we could do something similar. We are talking about 150 children here. I have suppliers we can use.

But now I need your help. First and I hate to ask for this, but all funds would be welcome. And I will need people to put the packages together sometime in August. If we are with enough people, we can do this in an afternoon. 

Open iftar

Jul. 20th, 2014 05:15 pm
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Tomorrow starts the final week of Ramadan. One of the local mosques is organizing an iftar (the festive meal after a day of fasting has ended) this for everyone who would like to join them. I am planning on going, but would anyone else like to come along with me?
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I will leaving for Canada early in the morning for a study trip along with some other people from Empire State University. I will be online regularly though in case you do have the sudden desire to reach me!

Anyone attempting an attack tomorrow morning will suffer dire consequences. It would look rather ridiculous if I arrive all multicolored. 
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Full time college, part time work at X-Corps and my training as a trainee and a little time to have fun with my friends.... that is a little too much at the same time.

Next semester I will at least be taking one course less then I am now. It will probably take me longer to get my degree, especially with a double major, but I think it will be worth it though...  

Ramadan...

Jul. 21st, 2012 06:13 am
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Ramadan started yesterday... The year of every month when Muslims fast from sunrise till sundown and this includes having no water or food at all...

I am a little sad I am not able to participate fully this year... People who have medical issues are allowed to make up for it later and I will be among them, since it is not wise for me to fast so soon after leaving the Medlab... If they cannot on the long term, people can do acts of charity.

I still want to pay to attention to the Holy Month though, so I will be visiting the mosque in NY a few times, doing charity and I will be avoiding things like cake, candy, chips and other snacks or drinks (soda's) like that from sunrise till sundown. 

Thank you

Jul. 17th, 2012 09:07 pm
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He everyone,

I just wanted to thank everyone for the cards, messages, gifts and food I got while I was in the Medlab. I hope I got everyone personally since I was released last Saturday, but otherwise... 

Sooraya
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He everyone,

Dr. Grey let me use the laptop for a few moments, so I could give you a quick message...

I am going to be alright in a little while, so please don’t worry.  I spent most of the day sleeping and resting. I am sorry I have to miss your birthday party, Molly, and I hope you have a great time.

I know many people are wondering why I am in the MebLab. The short answer is that I haven’t been taking very good care of myself and I collapsed. I have learned a wise lesson and now Dr. Grey and the Professor are helping me.

I hope to see everyone soon.

Sooraya

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I just wanted to let everybody know that I am back from Muir. I am... glad is not quite the right word... I think it's good I went. Nathan and Dr. Moira seemed to be... dealing for now, but I am still worried...

Anyways... I saw that we have two new people in the mansion? Welcome and I hope to meet you in person soon.  
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I will be leaving tomorrow for Muir Island for about a week or so. I will be going with Angelo and Amanda to see Nathan and Dr. Moira.

I'll have my phone with me, so people can reach me if necesarry and I'll be checking my email.
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I found that quote somewhere on the internet… It’s pretty relevant now though…

There is just so much happening in my life… and everything is happening at once...  It’s quite a bit to think about...

The biggest one is that I had a very interesting talk with Mr. Summers last weekend. The end result is that I will be running around in dark-grey leathers sometime soon. I wonder with what kind of name my teammates will come up though…

Another thing is that I made the decision which university I’ll be attending. I’ll be going to Empire State University after the summer. I was there last Friday to take a couple of tests to determine my level in English and math so they can suggest proper classes for me. Apparently the somewhat… unusual nature of my education and the fact that English is my second language made them offer it. It’s nothing obligated, but I figured it would be a good idea…

After testing I met with Drs. Amira and Nasir Rashid and some other students. We did Friday afternoon prayers together and then had our first discussion group. They are pretty ambitious, because we immediately dove into the Lensherr Manifesto and how to counter that with arguments from the tradition. We also looked at pro arguments though and how to counter those... We mostly worked form the Koran, but we will also be looking at hadith (sayings from the Prophet Mohammed, peace be with him), Sunnah (islamic tradition) and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). Who knows, we might end up looking at some writings from the professor after this…

And today my work changed at Elpis… Until now I had mostly been doing translation work and assist on various administrative matters, but I have been assigned to a project now. They are setting up shelters for mutants women on the refugee camps at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan… Apparently mutant girls/women are often cast out by their families and there are many orphans. The shelters will provide basic literacy, vocational education and powers training. I’ll be helping out since I know the language and the culture. I am looking forward to learning more about project planning…

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I attended a very interesting lecture yesterday. It was given by Drs. Nasir and Amira Rashid, a husband and wife couple of Islamic scholars. Both are on faculty at ESU. The topic was “The role of mutants in the Ummah”. For those who don’t know, the word ummah generally refers to the Islamic community worldwide. They present a strong support for integrating mutants in society, but on the other hand they also point strongly to responsibility that mutants have to learn to control their powers as far as possible and that they use their powers to help and not to harm. The other people have the responsibility to welcome mutants, even those who look strange or have powers that could be scary. The idea is that everybody are brothers and sisters.  

There have been many people who have said this before and some have called this view naïve, but what was really interesting to me was how they used Islamic sources to build and support their view. It’s a way of interpreting things I haven’t seen before, though I am no scholar. If this gets more attention in countries in the Middle East for example and the scholars there accept it, it might help to improve things there.

I enjoyed listening and thinking about this topic. In Attilan I studied at the mosque to learn more about my faith and I went to an discussion group for young people who were both Islamic and a mutant, where we talked about this kind of topics often. I have been missing that the last few months, so it’s good to get back to it.

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My first acceptance letters for college arrived today and yesterday!!! So far I have been accepted to Empire State, Westchester College and that strange LAC where I posted about earlier with the questions during the interview... 

Three down, three more to go... I hope I will arrive soon, because I really want to know... And then I can start figuring out which college will be the best place for me to go... The LAC with the strange interview questions is pretty low on my list though...

Still... the idea of me going to college is still a little strange to me. I might be hard to imagine, but six years ago around this time I was still in Afghanistan... I didn't speak a word of English, couldn't read or write or do any form of arithmics. I had never studied any history or science.... But I have learned all of that since then... And now I am heading to college after the summer... With still so much to learn...

Six years ago I was not able to read, write and think about my own religion. I just did as I was told and as i was thought when I was a little girl. Thanks to my education, I can now read, write and think about this important part of my life...

If I had remained in Afghanistan, I would have been married  with one or two kids already and probably one more on the way or nursing my latest one... It's almost impossible to imagine for me now, though it was very normal six years ago... 

My mother is gonna be so enthousiastic though. She never knew I would able to gain such an education. It's almost a miracle to her and also a little for me...  
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I am going to stay out of Attilan for a while... *sigh*

The trial didn't go quite as planned... And I ended up almost getting married... again...

Sayyid managed to kidnap Leyu and 'liberate' Achmed from his transport to the courthouse. He forced me to come with him because he treathened Leyu... Luckily I was able to escape just before the 'I do' could be said en the people who went with me arrived quickly after that. As a result both Sayyid, Achmed and several of Sayyid's other disciples are now in Attilani custody. They will stand trial there... 

Luckily for me, I won't have to be there for it. Considering what happened this time, Angelo argued with  with the proscecutor and managed to arrange that I would be able to give a deposition at the embassy here in the US if it was necesarry. 

Now that we are almost done tying things up here and with all of us mostly okay, I just really want to come home...


  
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Hey everyone, 

I won't be around the next few days. I will be in Attilan...

Achmed has been arrested and his trial is this week. He was the man who was pretty insistant on me marrying him. I have to go and testify against him. With a little bit of luck he will be put away for a long time so he won't be able to hurt anyone else.

A few people are coming with me so I won't be alone there...

Hope to see everyone in a few days!!!
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Okay, does anyone have an idea where the skeleton dissappeared to? I believe it's called Bob?

I got there this morning so I could finish an assignment for Anatomy and Physiology before heading to work, but it wasn't there... And now I still don't have it finished...
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I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert on the American college system...  But today left me really wondering... Do they have some kind of quotum to fill with a certain type of students?

I had a kind of combined admssion/scholarship interview at a small nearby liberal arts college today that I will leave nameless. I had expected questions like "Why do I want to attend our college?" or "What can you contribute to our community?" Or at least something like that.

No, the first thing he asked me after introducing himself and offering me a seat was if Xavier's was truly that school for mutants and if I was a mutant myself. He also went on about me being a refugee from Afghanistan, fleeing the horrors of the Taliban. O yes, and he asked if I was a observant Muslima...

Now, I would not have minded the questions if he just asked this briefly. But he kept coming back to those points. And I saw his scrawl something about hitting four catagories... with several exclamation marks behind it... That is what gave me the quotum idea...

All with all... it didn't feel good... They had a program that looked fairly interesting, but now I have having serious doubts about this school...

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