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Author: Abdurahman "Al"

Hey, name is Abdurahman Basha, but you can call me Al. I'm a sophomore majoring in finance and entrepreneurship. I do a little bit of everything and try to learn as I go. I enjoy coffee, cooking, photography, Tumblr, and the TV show Friends. I blog about how to survive and make the most out of college outside a 4.0 GPA.

Beginner’s Survival Kit

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Palms sweaty? Knees weak? Arms heavy? Well, that is okay, you do not have to know much to start. Being an expert in anything is all about putting in time, making mistakes, and being curious. Today I felt like writing about every time I was super nervous about starting something I have never done before, and how that nervousness is sooner rather than later replaced with confidence. Continue reading “Beginner’s Survival Kit”

Beyond The Football Game

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For a while since I’ve moved back to Manhattan I had not fully understood football or the experience around a football game. I had not grown up watching the sport so I did not know enough about it. Well, having been at K-State for a while now and given how much everyone around town gets excited about the football program here, I could not help but get on the bandwagon -and to be honest, it has been a fun ride. So here are three things I learned being a K-State football fan. Continue reading “Beyond The Football Game”

Digging For Inspiration

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This is a little bit of a guilty pleasure confession. Last semester it was bacon cheddar cheese crackers, but now it is motivational content on the internet. So yes, I am now one of those people that read inspirational quotes and listen to recorded seminars given by motivational speakers. Continue reading “Digging For Inspiration”

What is K-State All About?

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It was almost three years ago when I first set foot on campus here. It was winter break time so Manhattan was not very crowded. Ironically, at the time I had no idea where I was. I mean, I knew I was at the home of Kansas State University, but it was not until I started school here the following Fall did I really know where I was and what this place really is and what it stands for.

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“The Most Dangerous Worldview is [That] of Those Who Have Not Viewed The World”

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A very important part of growing and developing is learning about the world around us. Sometimes we forget that the world is an unimaginably huge place. There are more than 7 billion other people out there and almost 200 countries, think of that the next time you think Cardwell Hall is crowded. In fact, just think of all the different cultures, attitudes, beliefs, and thought processes out there. People live their lives in very different ways and that makes the way they tackle their issues or the way they get to solutions vastly distinct. Think about how learning about just one or two different cultures or languages can open up a whole new world of possibilities and make you see the world  around you with not just one but two or three sets of eyes.

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Thinking outside the college degree

Getting an engineering degree is pretty tough work -of course I wouldn’t know about that, but people tell me. I just assume if someone goes through the trouble of getting an engineering education they wouldn’t think of doing something else for a career. Continue reading “Thinking outside the college degree”

The home stretch

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I hate to be “that guy”, but dead week starts Monday and finals week starts the Monday after, the end has never been closer (in a thick, suspenseful voice). However, having gone to class all semester and battled procrastination to study and do homework, I feel somewhat prepared, and even though I have not started studying for final exams yet, I plan to just take full advantage of dead week to tackle classes one at a time in the order they come. A lot of people may be feeling very overwhelmed right now, but here is what I am going to do and I hope it works for others too. Continue reading “The home stretch”

It pays to back-up your files

Some say God has a sense humor -well, they’re not totally wrong. Last weekend I decided to start my spring cleaning, and doing so turned out to be pretty much the worst decision I had made in a while.

Part of my spring cleaning was to clean up my laptop, food stains and dust and all. So I go to wipe it down with a Clorox wipe, and apparently the Clorox got into the keyboard and damaged it. However, it did not end there, the now fried keyboard that is connected to other circuits in the computer caused those circuits to short-wire and damage other parts of the computer even more, and slowly but surely I watched my laptop essentially self-destruct while I have absolutely no back up -all on a Saturday morning. Continue reading “It pays to back-up your files”

Warm weather hobby

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So last month I started getting into this cool hobby. Now I have a baby rosebush and a mint plant that I named Ronda Rose and Maggie Mint. Also I might not know anything about gardening, but so far it is really fun. Now I think it is safe to say that sophomore year has really brought out my inner grandma.

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