Posted by Nahrain from DNab4078e2.Stanford.EDU (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, June 13, 2002 at 12:56PM :
In Reply to: oops... posted by Lilly from ? (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 8:29PM :
Your post was just fine. I first started reading your posts on AINA...You're a riot girl. I love how you shook up that forum. Your postings are interesting, and I admire your ability to just "put it all out there." Also, its very cool that you decided to stick around Nashville for your parents..really admirable.
I'm from Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have lived there since I was in 5th grade...so about 11 years old. I lived in Kansas for about 4 years, London for about 6 years, and I was born in Baghdad. My father is a physics prof. at Western Michigan University. My mom went to school Iraq and got some sort of agriculture-business degree that is not applicable in the US I guess. She went back to school when I was in middle school or so and got an associates...she works at a bank downtown doing accounting-type stuff. I went to Kalamazoo Collge and majored in chem. (I lived on campus though so my experience was pretty cool). I have one younger bro, 19, and he's living at home (hated the dorms at WMU) and is taking classes at the comm. college and WMU. Both of my parents are Assyrian which you probably figured out already. We were the only Assyrian family in Kzoo so my only interaction with Assyrians aside from chat rooms/forums (that I started in late 97/early 98) was with family in Chicago where we frequent a lot, my parents more so than myself. I think that's everything :)
So you are of a science background..Sweet. UT Austin--heard its an amazing school. The girl that roomed with me during my visit here was from there (she decided to go to MIT for neuroscience instead!!) I remember you saying you were in a biomed sort of program? Were you a chem undergrad? I never took biology at K...most of my friends were bio/pre-med. I didnt like bio even in high school. I think biochem would have been interesting--cause its really just ochem but applied (its the only chemistry class I didnt take!) Most people thought I was pre-med for a long time. Never really had an interest. I like more inorganic/materials side of chemistry..not really the biology.
Cali is so different. I like somethings about it..like the weather and the people but its just too busy and expensive. Its very diverse! There are many "others" here unlike Kzoo. I have some friends and some family here which helps me out a lot in terms of keeping me happy. My closest friends, naturally, are still back home. Its difficult to find very good friends, and I'm trying to branch out of chemistry but its tough..I came out to Cali in 99 and stayed with family one summer while interning and I liked it so I came back. Stanford's a really nice campus and I like it here so far. At times I wish I would have gone to U of M to be closer to home, but this program is really good and its worth being away for a bit. I'm trying to find Assyrians on campus..I know there must be some but they're hidden. I have met some students from UC berkeley though..cool kids..
If there is anything else you wanna know, just ask :) This is probably a good intro for everyone else (aside from Stella) in the chat that doesnt know me :) Oh, and I read almost all of the postings here but I just dont repsond unless I feel the need to.....
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