Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Booooored !!

Hey all,

How are you doing?? I feel that my mind is empty! I've thinking of something to write about in the blog, but my mind is suddenly out of ideas. I have written a long post lately, but I haven' published it cuz I decided to save it for the Baghdad-Diary project with the German magazine. I will post the diareis here as well as soon I start with the project. I got an email from the same journalist asking me to send some photos (not personal ones), but rather photos of interesting places or things near home and university. Luckily, I am a "photo-ist"! I have dozens of photos to almost everything in Baghdad as I like to take my digital camera with me everywhere I go. Sometimes I think that I should have been a photographer or something like that!

I applied for a visa to Dubai. Mom will go there this month, and I want to go with her cuz I have nothing to do here except for staying at home all time switching between the national and the generator electricity! And also cuz I want to see my friend Attawie. I haven't seen her since October 2003 before she leaves the country. But there is a problem! I might not be able to get the visa cuz first, my passport reads "Student", and they might not agree to issue me a visa!! A second reason is cuz it's so hard for an Iraqi to get a visa nowadays, especially after Amman bombings


But I want to goooo!! Pray for me that I will get the visa easily!

Another thing, we got an email from the Fulbright lately telling the students who will take the Official TOEFL Test to prepare themselves to get scores higher than 575 cuz the High American universities will look first at them when accepting the Grantees in the colleges. Ta da!! My Official TOEFL scores are 557!! Can't I flip the numbers to make it just 575 instead of 557 ??!! I thought of retaking the test to get higher scores, but the deadline for registration was two days ago! Now this doesn't mean that I will lose my grant, it only means that high rank universities might not look at me!! Mom says that any university will be ok and I should not feel bad about this. I don't know!

I have some sort of obsession these days which is getting to each website of an American university! I'm checking all the colleges to get an idea about, and to see which one is better for my major field of study "Modern American Novel". I still have no clue! There might another test which the Fulbrighters and I should take. It's GRE Test. Some might take GMAT according their fields of study.

Dad was in Germany on a bussiness trip for two weeks, and he just got back home two days ago. So now you can imagine what did he bring with him ;) SHOPPING IS SO GREAT!! Especially if it's from a place like Germany! He's been talking about his trip telling every detail. Many photos were taking.

What else?! As if there was anything in the begining! Sorry for bothering you with this piece of junk called "post"!

Good Night, and please keep commenting!! ;)


Lisa, New York said...

Hi Haneen,

I took the GRE when I was applying to graduate school. If I remember correctly, there were 3 parts - verbal, mathematics and analytical. The analytical questions were tricky logic questions when I took the test (even though I did pretty well, the questions were tricky if you weren't accustomed to the format.) They have since changed the test and the "analytical" portion is now essay-writing. You have to write a persuasive or argumentative essay. I think you'd be pretty good at that. The mathematics and verbal are what you would expect. I found the mathematics more difficult only because it had been a while since I'd studied math and I had forgotten a lot (geometry, etc). And I didn't study before the GRE because I'm lazy. ;-P

You can read all about the GRE (and even download free practice software) here.

Or you can download a 70-page PDF booklet of sample tests here.

I wouldn't worry about your TOEFL score. You're pretty close to the score they say they want.

Good luck with the Visa.

Wayne said...

Haneen, this is the first time I have visited your site. I love your post and your English ability. I would like for you to consider the university ot Tennessee, located at Knoxville, Tennessee. I know you would like our part of the country.

Good luck on your visa application.

Thank you for your post.

Mad Canuck said...

Hi Haneen,

I've been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first comment.

I can relate 100% to the "bored" thing, although in my case it's usually what I'd call "drawing a blank". I sit down and realize I haven't written a post for a couple of days and that I probably should, but can't think of what to write about.

I'm surprised on the TOEFL - your English seems very good here.

Lisa is right on the GRE - don't go into it unprepared, it is difficult. There are some good self-study books, websites, and even computer software to help prepare for it.

Melantrys said...

Did he? Where in Germany did your father shop, er, do business then? ;)

attawie said...

I'm sure you'll be fine with or without TOEFL.
I took the ESL and it's not that easy as you heard form others but the problem for me was in the UA contemprary writers. I did fine with British old, middle and modren literature.

I wishing you luck with the visa and I really need to see you and have a real chat not via PC screan.

ac blue eagle said...

American literature, novel? I do not know what to recommend except, perhaps, Indiana University. I studied folklore there and the faculty was outstanding. That's what makes a good university. I don't know about any of the other departments, but I suspect they are pretty good. I'd also look at the University of California at Berkley because of its library. Though with the Internet you don't actually need a library like you once did.
Good luck.

Morbid Smile said...

Thank you, Lisa, for the links :) I don't remember anything about mathmetics either! I hated it so much when I was at school. I checked some sample questions, they really seem tricky ones. Well, the Fulbright didn't tell us about this test officially yet, but we knew about it from some current Fulbrighters in the U.S.A. as they said that they took the test.

Wayne and mad canuck, you are most welcomed here :) I'm glad to read your comments. Thank you on the university suggestion, Wayne. I can check as many universities as I can, but the Fulbright will choose me the college I will attend according to my grades and other qualities. I mean they will give me some options and I will choose one of those options. But I also have to know a bit about the universities in the U.S. in order to be prepared for everything.

Mad Canuck, I had the TOEFL test last March when I was still a senior student with no much practice and experience on my English langauge! Maybe that's what affected my scores, although I thought that I would get more. Now I know that I might get even more scores if I can take the test again, but 557 isn't that bad :)

Melantrys, I was thinking of you when I wrote that Germany part in the post, I was kinda sure that you would comment on this part ;) He spent his time in the southern part of the country in "Obramargau" I'm not sure of the spelling!

AC Blue Eagle, my friend, many people told me about Indiana university. I checked the website, it seems very cool. All I can say is that I hope to be accepted there!

Morbid Smile said...

Attawie, pray for me that I will get the visa soon! I want to see you toooo

sur said...

I spent many years in University here is the US. I loved it. There are many good ones. I would check the subjects you are interested in. Then, read the courses offered by the school in your subject,..and SEE who teaches them. then google the teachers and see what you can learn about them. There was no google whaen I was in school, but I did a lot of checking, and it really was worth it.

Aunt Najma said...

From my experience I learnt that comments do cheer up people..

The best way to avoid being bored (I'm not an expert by the way) is to find something to do.. Surf the Internet and find something interesting to research.. Or read the new blogs!

Reading your post, I get to see that there are many interesting things going on in your life nowadays..!
Are you reading the books you got by mail? A book can keep you busy for hours!

For the whole week, I form ideas about a post to write in the weekend, but there's something magical with Blogger, it steals your thoughts!!

cooper said...

awesome post. I think you will be happy no matter where you go. have you looked at many schools in chicago? I'm reading your blog.

Jeffrey said...


I would consider my alma mater, the University of Iowa, home of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the first and most famous of all the writing workshops in the US. People come from all over the country -- and from all over the world now with the International Writers' Workshop -- to work on their short stories and novels. Flannery O'Connor, for example, is just one of hundreds of writers coming through the Writers' Workshop who went on to publish important works in American literature. Her novel "Wise Blood" is a slender but unrelenting moral examination that is oddly both humorous and deadly serious.

The English department is excellent too. If you want to study the American novel, there would be no place better than the University of Iowa.

Iowa City is a safe, inexpensive small city in the middle of the country. It can be bitter-cold in the winter, though.

Go Hawks!

(And hello to Lisa in New York! Nice to see you commenting again.)


Morbid Smile said...

Sur and Jeffrey, welcome to my blog :) I was just about to search about courses of some universities! Abd searching about who teaches those courses and know about them seems a vwery good idea. Thank you for the tip

Hey Najma, long time no see! How are you doing? Yes, I'm reading the books I got by mail. I finished one book so far, and I started with a second book just yesterday. It's a novel "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Cooper, I'm actually looking at the universities websites one by one to get an idea about the universities in the U.S., there are many great ones and I guess that any university will be so ok for me as long as it gives me a good education and knowledge in my field of study.

Jeffrey, I will check University of Iowa. The Iowa Writer's Workshop seems very interesting.

Thank you all..

24 Steps to Liberty said...

this is great. u know, some times when u write from the heart, it is much much better than what you plan to write. i really believe in this.
dont worry about the toefl stuff. any american university would be thrilled to have an iraqi student, i hope.
thanks for sharing.

24 Steps to Liberty said...

i misspelled your name, as usual. HANEEN

Morbid Smile said...

Hey Omar, never mind about misspelling my name. I sometimes misspell it too! Thank you for the words, I hope that my journey there will be as excited as yours. I bet everyone is interesting in what you write about :)