This month we sit down with Abrar AlShammari, a university student majoring in International Relations, for a glimpse into how the world at large melds with her own personal worldview.
With a range of interests that teeter equally between Poetry and Politics, she sees learning, books, and education at large as a way to get us all out of our own collective funks and into the bright world of a potential tomorrow. A writer who often contributes to this magazine, amongst others, she is as fervent about fictional short stories and novels as she is their real-world news article counterpart; thus, it is no surprise that the passion found on her blog is only matched by the practical and opinionated political commentary also found therein. With an end-goal that hopes to effect humanitarian aid, be it via writing or otherwise, we sit down with this very impressive woman for a glimpse into what makes her tick. As a passionate voice that is willing to engage in debate and put her own heart on the line in the process, the motivations that drive her become as obvious as they are awe inspiring. If you have not done so already, check out her blog for great commentary on current issues; otherwise, you will just have to keep an eye out for her next piece here.
How would your mother describe you in one word?
How would you describe your mother in one word?
What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?
“How come you’re white?”
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
Definitely not something I would want published.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
‘Euphoria’ in English, ‘Salam’ in Arabic
Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location?
Another country that would geographically still be Kuwait, but internally would be reformed. As for retirement, anywhere with uncensored bookstores within walking distance works for me.
What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind?
“Every human heartbeat is a universe of possibilities.” from Shantaram
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?
A German Shepherd: Loyal, brave, and wild.
What do you miss about your childhood?
Eid mornings, waking up with presents on my bed and kisses from my family.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
How would you describe your handshake in one word?
What is the toughest part of your character?
Who is your favorite historical figure?
Cleopatra. I played her part in a school play when I was 10 years old.
What in the world do you least desire?
To have no purpose that would benefit others
What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of, would make the world a better place?
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
I’m a very good listener, and even better at pretending I am interested in what I’m hearing. (Kidding!)
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…”
…KDD in July.