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Author: Areej Saqib

Convocation in COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 turned out to be an unexpected year for all and pushed everyone to adjust their priorities in their life according to the demanding circumstances of COVID 19. Academically, the year has been toughest for the graduating students, who not only had to cope with switching to online classes in the most crucial year of their studies but had to leave an important part of their life behind suddenly and without proper closure. After spending four unforgettable years at NUST campus that became a second home for many, the sudden departure from it due to COVID 19 has demotivated...

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The First Word

Have you ever wondered what the first word of the first human was? I didn’t, until I found out that the only reason humanity survived till now was because we talked to one another. Sure, animals have their own means of communicating as well, but we know something that they don’t: we know how to tell stories. We tell each other about our day, about our feelings, about our opinions of the world and our life; what we want and what we need, what we love and what bothers us; our confiding in one another creates an unbreakable bond....

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How to Apologize When You Aren’t Feeling Sorry

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they have to apologize for something they haven’t done, or don’t regret. Before I begin how to effectively do so, I’ll first explain why it is sometimes important to say sorry when you are not feeling sorry. Most of the time, arguing is not worth it. Apologizing ends the never-ending bickering and spares your precious time and energy for someone or something else. However, sometimes, people say sorry just to look good in someone else’s eyes. This act falls under hypocrisy. Eventually, your real motive will come out, and it will...

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Blurry reasons (Part 2)

I haven’t slept for three days now. I haven’t told anyone. Because it doesn’t matter. It is no big deal. I am sweating despite it being cold. I close my eyes, but all I can think of is how my heart is trying to keep up with my thoughts, racing as if it is a matter of life and death. I am tired, so tired. Every goal that I missed today is haunting me. Why? Why do I have to be such a loser? Why can’t I sleep? Why can’t I eat? Why can’t I study? Why can’t I...

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Blurry reasons (Part 1)

I don’t know how I am able to stand, but I am on my feet still. My mind is trying its best to zone out, as the coach yells at me for missing yet another goal. “You are a useless piece of junk, Ali!” “It is fine”, I tell myself. “His words don’t mean anything.” “Do you know how many people are dying to be in your place? Do you realize you are killing their dreams along with yours?” The guilt creeps up, but I push it down. He doesn’t know. He doesn’t know. “You think you are a...

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