“I spend a lot of time at York, but not necessarily in classes. It could be as simple as sitting with my friends, playing squash, attending meetings and events for the Egyptian Student Association since I'm an exec there. York for me is not just a university, but more of a community.” Lobna is an 18 year old student who immigrated to Toronto six years ago from Egypt. She loves to play squash, draw, and of course, hang out with friends. Her family, not necessarily just by blood, but anyone who she’s close enough to is what’s most important to her in life. Her favourite quality in another person is therefore honesty, because she believes communication is the basis of all relationships. When I asked Lobna how she thinks she’s perceived she responded, “I don't think I am perceived as a Muslim woman since I'm not visibly muslim, people usually don't guess my ethnicity, but, as a woman, I think I am more perceived on appearance than I'd like to be. I would like to be perceived as a human being without any judgemental tags, and for people to actually get to know the person I am instead of the person I appear to be.”
What makes you laugh so hard it hurts?
What makes me laugh it hurts is usually just a sitting with my cousin back home, or when I reunite with my family.
What is one thing you know for sure?
One thing I know for sure is that if you put you set your mind on a specific goal, work hard for it, god will help you get ther