The transition from school to the wider world is not always easy. But there are ways to deal with new situations, as Abdulrahman Hammoud found out.
The transition from school to university, or from school into the workplace, is not always easy.
You need to grow up a bit, develop some discipline (no teachers spoon feeding you), learn to stand on your own two feet (cook your own food?) and get used to mingling with a much wider and more diverse community of people than you may be used to.
And then there’s the culture shock, especially if you’ve come from an Islamic school, as Abdulrahman Hammoud did.
All of a sudden, you need to deal with questions about fasting and your faith and face uncomfortable situations. But, with the right attitude and a bit of patience and good humour, you can make that transition.
Being hugged by a girl was something Abdul had never experienced before. When it happened to him at university, he did not know how to react. But as time went on, his friends came to understand that just because certain things were not allowed for him, it didn’t mean he couldn’t still socialise and develop meaningful relationships. His friends accepted him for who he was, and he accepted them.
Fasting is so much easier than most people think, especially as a Muslim at an Islamic school where everyone else is fasting too. Changing environments can lead to a flurry of questions about why you aren’t digging into lunch, but have patience, and answer as best you can. It will help you connect with your peers.
Parents just don’t understand us right? Growing up in a traditional family and going to an Islamic school, and then being faced with a whole new reality isn’t easy, especially when you feel unprepared. But as time goes on, you may just view things differently.
It’s not always easy to know when to speak out about jokes you aren’t comfortable with. But speaking up might lead to a better outcome than you think.