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The Theory of Evolution

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 17:45

Student blog by Hayder Al-Shakeri


While the Arabs are uprising and New Yorkers are protesting in their Zuccotti Park, I am also doing something that is big news. At the beginning of this year I decided that biology is not for me; I decided that I would be better off doing public administration. That opened doors and closed others for me; the first door that opened was that flow of continuous disapproval from family and friends who did not even understand this new major. Then as I tried to explain what it means to be a public administration major, some understood while others did not. However I stopped caring, the only thing that matters here is that I love what I am doing and this is amazing.

Beside all the “shame” I brought my family for being the kind of person who is not studying something scientific, I did get an awesome internship at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani that I would have never gotten if I was still a biology major. This internship will not only benefit me in my future career but also it would help me understand the people of my country more. I never lived in northern Iraq, so Kurdistan for me was this mysterious place where people spoke Kurdish only and looked at any Arabic speaking fella as an intruder. But that was hardly the case. People were really friendly and even though there was a communication barrier in a lot of my interactions, I still sensed that they were trying as hard as I am to help me do whatever I wanted to do. This is actually motivating me to learn Kurdish and maybe one day I will be speaking to them in their own language without any difficulties.

While sitting at AUIS, writing this, I was looking at students moving around and rushing to classes, I was thinking, what an amusing thing it is to not have classes, but what is more important is how nice it is to be able to witness this university evolving so nicely to be one of the most prestigious universities of Iraq and hopefully the region.