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Sara Al-Salem


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Al Salem '17: Your Facebook likes don’t make you cool

If you’ve ever felt bad about yourself for getting fewer than 50 likes on a photo, please raise your hand. Great, now look around you. The person on your left and the person on your right are the reasons you feel like your social media presence defines your worth. We are both the cause and result ...

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Al-Salem '17: On religion and intellectualism

Freshman fall, I took a class called RELS 0055: “Modern Problems of Belief” that questioned why many believe one cannot be both modern and religious. While the class only focused on white male philosophers and never touched on Islam at all, it did enlighten my world with one special reading: “Fear ...

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Al-Salem ’17: Friends can break your heart, too

When a couple breaks up, there are certain things that are allowed and accepted to happen. You have the obligatory ice-cream-and-sob fests with your closest friends, your mutual friends use the significant other’s name lightly around you, and you’re allowed to be heartbroken about it. There are ...

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Al-Salem '17: Turquoise faith

I rarely like to make a big to-do about religion because I feel like it is a very private, personal thing. But I have recently begun noticing that religion is often pitted against academia and intelligence, as if the two cannot exist together. I wanted to take the chance as a columnist to write a two-part ...

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Al-Salem '17: Only my winnings

After my last article on feeling lost and aimless, a lot of people reached out to me about feeling the same way. Some of these people took me by surprise because in my eyes, through their Facebook feed or ongoings on campus, I thought they were brilliant leaders who had it all together. But the sincerity ...

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Al-Salem '17: Twenty-something

My phone cover is currently a quote that says, “Nothing will ruin your 20s more than thinking you should have your life together already.” Over the last couple months, I have constantly googled, “What should I do with my life?” and taken countless quizzes trying to figure out what the next move ...

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Al-Salem '17: Western tragedies are not more important

On Sunday night, Paris was attacked. We all know this by now because we have seen the world mourn for the City of Light. In shows of sympathy and solidarity, major monuments and Facebook profile pictures adopted the colors of the French flag, and the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” sounded ...

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Al-Salem '17: Passionate should not equal mean

By now we have all had at least one conversation about political correctness at Brown and whether it stifles real dialogue — it’s a topic that frustrates many but never seems to improve. But while many take issue with our inadvertently anti-liberal atmosphere, I take more issue with how Brown students ...

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