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Shanzeh Khurram
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Major Dilemmas

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:17 AM

One of the most important decisions you can make as a student is deciding what to major in. Considering how a college degree alone is no longer a guarantee of landing a good job, one must ask the question: Are all majors created equal, and if not, what are you...

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I'm Never Going to Have All the Answers

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:20 AM

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

When I was younger, I thought that I'd soon reach a stage in life when I had all the answers. As a child, I believed that by the time I entered my late teens I would be self-assured and...

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Is the American Dream Becoming Too Materialistic?

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 12:55 PM

After living in a collectivist society (Pakistan) for more than 18 years, I moved to the US, a country that prides itself on its rugged individualism and its concept of the American dream. In the US, a person can start from nowhere and still manage to be successful. Opportunities are...

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I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:31 PM

While reading "Looking for Alaska" by John Green a few years ago, I came across the last words of the poet Francois Rabelais: "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." The main character, Miles, states these words as his reason for going to a college away from home; he doesn't...

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Embracing Change

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 11:49 AM

I generally don't take too many chances. I'm the type of person who makes daily schedules and likes to have her life mapped out in detail, without allowing space for changes. So last year, when my family decided to move to America, I was quite hesitant. I didn't want to...

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God, Science and Feminism

(94) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 9:21 AM

To say that I'm confused about religion would be an understatement. In just the past few years, I've gone from Muslim by default to agnostic to devout Muslim to a confused believer trying to make sense of faith on my own terms.

The greatest hindrance I have when it...

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Shopping: The True Spirit of Christmas?

(8) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 11:50 PM

Christmas season: festively decorated houses, "Santa baby" on replay in every store, Christmas carols, hot chocolate, and Santa Claus. And then there are the sales -- 50 percent off, 75 percent off, and the "12 deals of Christmas." There are mile-long lines at Macy's and Nordstrom as people stack up...

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