Manal Juma

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As a tribute to the graduating class of 2012, we’re going to bring you interviews with Western’s graduates, their memories, accomplishments and advice to other students. Our first interview is with Manal Juma, enjoy!

How do you feel about graduating? Excited? Nervous?

Yes of course I’m excited to be done, it’s a great accomplishment! I’ve reached a milestone in my life that will never happen again! But I am nervous at the same time. Things are starting to feel very real now, and at times I see a rather scary, chaotic world in which I'll have to find my way and unfortunately in the next few years I have some huge decisions to make. After four years of comfortably floating around in Western I'm definitely going to miss it.
 
What's your most memorable experience at Western?
I feel being a part of student’s council was a great experience, although things got really hectic it was truly worthwhile.
 
What are your proudest achievements/ accomplishments?
Being on the Dean’s list consecutively; they were my proudest moments smiley
 
What are you going to miss most about Western? Being at University?
Friends and the whole living life at my own time; it’s a fantastic feeling.
 
If you could tell your first year self something, what would it be?
I missed frosh week since I joined a month later so that’s one thing I wish I could experience.
 
What are your future plans/hopes/dreams?
I have way too many plans. Besides the usual job-hunting, I want to begin by celebrating graduation for a year and then travel the world.
 
Any advice you want to give to current students?
Giving advice makes me feel awfully old!! But I would say that this is the time where we have limitless possibilities and it will all fly by too soon so make the most of it.
It’s best to Keep Calm and Ninja On ;)
 

HC Quiz

Dream date:
A candlelight dinner overlooking the city.
Celebrity Crush:
Bilal Khan
Guilty Pleasure:
Ice cream- it fixes everything!
Pet Peeves:
Arrogance
Dream Job:
Fashion Journalist or something fashion related
Something about you people don't know:
I know way too little about the political world!
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Eat all I want without gaining the dreaded weight.

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About The Author

Rida is a fourth year student at the University of Western Ontario and is extremely excited about the opportunity to bring Her Campus to London! She recently changed her major from Finance to English Literature after finally realizing what she wanted to do with her life. Having spent her whole life in the Middle East (Dubai and Saudi Arabia) Rida had no choice but to grow up a shopaholic! Having shifted from the desert to the great ice box that is Canada, she still finds it difficult to adjust to the freezing weather. In her spare time, Rida likes reading, watching way too many shows, stuffed crust pizza and,of course, shopping! Her aspirations are to one day live in Paris and be a writer for Vogue.