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American University of Beirut

That They May Have Life and Have It More Abundantly

After spending the best two years of my life at the American Univeristy of Beirut, majoring in Environmental Health and being involved in so many extracirculars, I will be graduating in June- something I’m having a lot of mixed feelings about. I recently wrote an Op-Ed for Outlook, AUB‘s Official Student Newspaper about my experiences and this post is based on that piece. I’m certain that in the coming months, I’ll have more to add as my undergraduate years come to a close. Here they are in no particular order.

You will:

  • Overnight on projects that will only count for 10% of your final grade
  • study at Jafet, no matter how much you try to resist the idea.
  • Take some classes that are going to very interesting. Others will just make you wonder what the hell you’re doing there.
  • Drink coffee, chew gum, text, BBM, and fall asleep sitting up in class.
  • Pronounce Bathish in the most American accent only to find out its Lebanese.
  • Join some clubs even if they don’t appeal to your interests.
  • Go to events just because there’s a reception afterwards.
  • Run from upper to lower campus under the pouring rain, carrying two bags, an ineffective umbrella, and wearing the wrong shoes for the season.
  • Take advice from random strangers and dispense it on others.
  • Make friends that you will never see anymore.
  • Meet people in the weirdest of ways.
  • Have trouble with registration. (more…)

As part of my everyday ritual, I was checking out Facebook in the morning before heading out to class, when something caught my eye. A friend had confirmed his attendance to an event happening in almost two months that would bring the famous RnB star Usher to Lebanon. Curious, I clicked on the page to see the details, and it was everything you would normally expect for such events: promises that it would be like “nothing you’ve ever seen before,” the fancy location, the flashy organizers, the sponsors, and most importantly, the ticket prices.
Let’s just say, shock would not even begin to describe my reaction. On the screen in front of me, I saw $60 (no kidding, that’s SIX followed by a ZERO) indicating the price for the regular admittance. There’s nothing regular about that price, unless of course you’re in Lebanon. A quick Google search, as a matter of fact, helped me determine that you can usually purchase said tickets at around 20 bucks less. Now to the regular reader, it may not sound as much of a bargain deal, but trust me, it all adds up when you factor in transportation, food, and personal expenses.
You see, for the past two or three years, everyone from the local and international scene has been gracing us with their presence. To name just a few, we’ve had David Guetta, Akon, Placebo, Il Divo, Gorillaz, Mika, Pussycat Dolls, Faithless all perform on our stages in various Lebanese cities, at only the most exclusive of hotspots, because you know, the typical Lebanese prestige does not allow you to be seen at any second-class location, because after all, you’re in your most fancy clothes that you just bought from Paris.
But not all of these overly-hyped events have been up to the general expectations.
Yet, my Facebook buddies keep bombarding me with the images from that “oh-so-awesome-event/concert/rave” that they went to, on a weekly basis. Sometimes, and to my awe, these very same people attend more than one event a week.
That just goes against everything I’ve been told to believe: that our economy has been unstable for year, that the mean national salary per month is around 550$ (which isn’t enough to do anything), that the shadow of the Civil War still haunts us everywhere, that political instability is marring our chances of being a decent, developed country, and so on and so forth.
Well, apparently, they’ve been just lying to me my whole life, because if the concert attendance was any indicator, then nothing is wrong this country. We can all just keep lying to ourselves, because after all, that’s all what we’re good at here.
So, as a conclusion, while everyone will be rushing out to enjoy the night, I’m just going to skip, and spend a peaceful night at home, listening to the free copy of the CD, avoiding all the annoyances that come with such events, like bad organization, lousy music, and worse of all, bad atmosphere thanks to disappointed over-enthusiasts that end up drinking the night away.