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Ramadan: #TheStruggleIsReal

Ramadan is finally here and I am excited…and like every year, I know I will have to explain what it is all about to my non-muslims friends so I decided to take the initiative and start early!

Ramadan is a special month out of the year where over a billion of us (muslims) have an opportunity to spend time towards inner reflection, devotion and self-control. It is also a time for intensive worship, reading of the Qur’an, giving back to the less fortunate and purifying one’s behaviour. Oh, and Fasting! How could I have forgotten that?! We abstain from food from sunrise (Fajr) to sunset (Maghrib) for the entire month, talk about self-control!

Ramadan Schedule

^(I should be there right now!)

That being said, allow me to walk you through the wonder that we call Ramadan!

It all starts with excitement (or is it just me?)

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Then you have to wake up for Suhoor…

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We all know the drill…

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And then you try to start the day without your morning coffee

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Having to answer the usual “no, not even water” questions…

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When your friends go out for lunch…

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All of a sudden, your sense of smell is stronger than you expected…

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Then you eventually snap back to reality and realize it’s one of the many things you’re supposed to be learning during Ramadan…

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Sometimes you do forget you are fasting (it happens okay!)

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Sometimes you accidentally curse…

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Restraining yourself from movies and music can be tough…

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When something “haraam” pops up on the Internet

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Your bathroom after every shower (or is it just me?)

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That one time you wake up late for Suhoor…

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We all know that one person who insists on watching “The Food Network” during Ramadan…

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Your breath is definitely NSFW

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#TheStruggleIsReal

On the bright side

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Those last few minutes before Iftar always seem like forever!

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That first bite…

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You do end up eating more than you should…

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and…

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Although the fasting during Ramadan does start out as a struggle, it does teach you how maintain self-control and patience.

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It is the one month where you’re blessed for every small act you do

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It’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends and family…

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And become a better person overall!

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And before you know it, it’s EID!

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It doesn’t end with Ramadan, the end goal is always to strive to be your own better self and having that opportunity every year to give you that little extra push is a blessing in itself!

So remember to keep striving and make the most of this month, I know I will! 🙂

For the remainder of the month, I’ll be participating in the 30 Nights of Ramadan project. You can check out my work and spiritual reflections from various people at 30 Nights of Ramadan.

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Midterms…

At the start of the semester you’re feeling pretty good about all your classes

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I got this!

 So naturally you partake in your typical campus activities

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 And when you’re not busy being the life of the party, you take some much needed time to just relax…

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 Meanwhile in class you’re like

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and then out of nowhere your professor tells you the midterm is next week and you’re like…

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You get a course pack and feel okay, until you actually try to do the questions…

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Suddenly studying consumes your whole life and you slowly begin to deteriorate

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When you briefly take a break from studying, you run into friends who somehow don’t have any exams or don’t seem stressed at all…

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You begin trying less conventional methods of preparation…

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Theres some procrastination involved…

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And…

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 Then the inevitable happens, and it’s time for your mid-term…

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 You read the first page of multiple choice and you’re like…

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 And then the second page…

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 And then the third page….

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You finally muster up the courage to finish the exam and no matter how you did, this is your reaction

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You triumphantly stride out of the classroom and away from all responsibility!

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I just added this in because it’s probably the most epic line in all of TV history!!!

So you’re in third year…

So you survived second year…

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It’s sort of a big deal!

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I mean…

All that groovy accounting!

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And those sassy marketing terms…

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Finance had you like…

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and…

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aaaand…

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Information systems be like…

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Don’t get me started on H.R!

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But thats all in the past now…

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THIRD YEAR IS A NEW START!

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You’re almost there…

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You know where you fit in…

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You know what’s expected of you…

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Sure…some things are still the same!

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them struggles…

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we still have some weekend mid-terms…

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and sure they’re a major buzzkill!

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and then there’s internship preps…

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and you’ve recently found out about this thing called “Networking”

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and it’s easier said than done…

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don’t worry…all your friends are on the same boat.

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just listen to Taylor…

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cause deep down, you know you got this!

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ALL THE BEST ON YOUR FINALS! 🙂

The Struggles and Joys of a DeGroote Commie

  • As a first year, you join every single club!

Clubs

  • There’s always free swag!

Swag

  • That constant debate Science and Eng. make about you taking the easy way out…

Rolls eyes

  • You know you’re still going to end up signing their paychecks!

Make it rain

  • Humanities majors insist you’re too materialistic…

John Hamm

  • You still see a lot of them taking commerce as a minor…

Broke dude

  • Group projects are just another nightmare…

Group work

  • Dressing up for those presentations in the morning is half a struggle, half a dream-come-true!

Chuck Bass

  • FIRST YEAR CALCULUS…

Too much

  • Passing the class with a 2 is a godsend!

Iniesta

  • You do end up questioning the usefulness of every Comp Sci and Stats course you HAVE to take…

Lasagna

  • And those textbooks you “occasionally” use don’t make things easier…

Bankruptcy

  • Your second year might feel a little overwhelming…

Overwhelmed student

  • Who needs weekends anyways!

Tobias sobbing

  • Your priorities do change a little…

Priorities chart

  • All those internship offers more than make up for any of the Hogwarts letters you never got!

Hogwarts

  • Find me another professor with this much swag!

Bontis

  • The Greensuits just know how to light up our lives…

Greensuits

  • So you’re in good hands!

Commies

  • Cause we are brothers, bound by something bigger…

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WE ARE THE 1%

DiCaprio