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November 13th, 2006


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firewhiskeybomb
01:34 am - Spring 2007
Hi,

I know this community hasn't been active for a while, but I figured I would try to see if anyone could answer some of my questions...

I'm headed to the AUC for the spring semester, and I was wondering what people thought of their experiences there; is there anything that I either must do or must avoid? Any teachers/classes to avoid? How are the dorms; should I look into getting an apartment? More personally, is it fesable to take a regular courseload (5 classes) and language classes as well?

Thanks for all your help!

-Nicole

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From:missmisr
Date:November 26th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I'm Sarah and I"m at AUC for the full Academic year (I got here in fall) and I"m living in the dorms...so experiences...um, the dorms seriously seriously suck, but at the same time, if you're female, it's pretty sketchy to be in an apartment unless you're with several other girls and the apartment is on Zamalek (the island where the dorms are) plus, I know it says there's a shuttle every 20 min- but it's actually every 30 min, and you can't take the shuttle unless you're in the dorms, so it's really better to stay in the dorms because security here is good, and you don't have to worry about transportation to the school. Yeah, you could always find some other girls and move into an apartment by the university, but that's by downtown and extremely extremely unsafe, especially considering the sexual harrassment rampage during Eid that the government tried to hush up. Plus you'd be competing with the other students moving into apartments at semester, which will be tough. As far as classes, teachers to avoid- I'm not really sure- it's been extremely disppointing to me that I came here and found out that a lot of the faculty are into the whole indoctrination of Jewish/Israeli/Zionist conspiracy theories, and that was extremely extremely dissapointing to me. If you're Jewish, my suggestion to you would be to keep it very very quiet- I've gotten a lot crap from people 24/7who take out all of their problems with Israel on Jews in general, and the entire year so far has been having to put up with their b.s. I thought coming here would make me more open-minded, (that's why I came here in the first place, I was hoping to change my own viewpoints) but I think I've actually become more militant just out of frustration at some of the people here. I'm not trying to tell you that you won't have fun here, or that you won't learn anything, but it's just a heads up. And that's the thing, though- even if you don't have fun you'll still learn a lot about the culture, the environment, and you'll have a lot of credibility, especially if you're doing MidEast studies or something like that. Good luck. If you ever need a hand with anything when you arrive, I'll be here.
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From:firewhiskeybomb
Date:November 26th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'd only recently heard about the Eid attacks, so yeah, dorming it (with all of its flaws) sounds better than not dorming it.

I'm used to working with people who have a lot of bias when it comes to the region- half the people in my poli sci department are Israelis, and I spent a summer in Morocco. I've found a few useful ways of dealing with it, though I hear you- it is a big nuisance.

We should definitely hang out in Egypt at some point!
I friended you- is that okay?
-Nicole
From:missmisr
Date:November 26th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)

:)

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It is absolutely ok to 'friend' me - I'll be here, so yeah, if you need anything when you get here or need someone to show you around and such, I'll be here. (the layout of the school, and Egypt in general, is frickin' insane, but you get used to it after a while) I started my lj when I got to Egypt, purely for the purpose of recording my year here- so if you want to read through it and get a slight idea of what Egypt has been like for an American Jewish female, go for it. :) I'd love to hang out some time when you get here! see you in Spring then, I guess, though of course that's no reason not to contact each other anyway!! Ma'Salamma :)
-Sarah
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From:vtgrrl
Date:January 4th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)

AUC alum

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Hey, I was at AUC some 15 years ago (also a Jewish female, who lived in the dorms). Can I friend you to read up on your experiences? I'm curious to know how it is now.

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