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Michael Kors Syndrome: “To each his own.”

Posted on 16. Jul, 2014 by in Opinion

Michael Kors Syndrome: “To each his own.”

1932805_786746804688500_861146976_oLast week’s column seemed to have garnered some undesirable reactions, so I am going to attempt to rectify some misconceptions here.

When I said that I would rather not dress up, I was bombarded with statements of how ‘elegance’ is always essential and that we should always pay attention to our grooming, which entirely misses the point I was attempting to make. I never, in any way shape or form, meant to say that we should look haggard or messy, but there is a stark difference between dressing well and dressing like you are on your way to a cat walk!

I can look like the most respectable person in the room, but I do not have to necessarily look like I just rolled into Louis Vuitton’s glitter and glam room! Sadly, there are some concepts that are mixed up, such things as oh, she is in a sporty outfit? She is either A) an athlete or B) a butch lesbian. Haven’t you considered the fact that she might just be looking for comfortable clothes for a long, arduous, often 12 hour long college day?

Since when have dress styles strictly dictated character attributes? (Besides, why the hell is it okay for guys to be in sweatpants 24/7, but not for girls? Except, of course, if they are wearing yoga pants, THEN it is fine.) I think, to further expand on this, we have to expand on the ‘Groom Hunt’ part of our culture. It is very present nowadays, surprisingly, the idea that young women should look their absolute best in college in order to ‘trap’ the right husband. ‘El 7etta ely 3al 7abl’ style.

Oh, of course, looking for a quality life-partner includes wowing him with your 9 inch VERY impractical heels and your ability not to topple over onto your face under the weight of your 10 pound makeup. I’m sorry, did I get too rude? I don’t take it back. This is where I was drawn to the US atmosphere…you could walk to class in your bathing suit in the middle of December and no one would give two damns about it, simply because hey, they don’t even bother looking (There are exceptions to this rule, however).

It is astounding, really, because no one simply cares. No one takes the time of day to criticise what their classmates or colleagues are wearing, and it is all for the better, because college is a place of learning and self-discovery and awareness of self! Why should I be too afraid to dress the way I want to simply because I can feel the judging stares? This is supposedly my time to experiment with my look and personality and find out who I TRULY am away from high school and in the real world (or the closest simulation of the real world we can get.)

This was my attempt to make my point clearer, but I have probably only managed to aggravate more people. The bottom line is, folks, “To each his own.” Want to look like a Barbie Doll? Snoop Dogg? Kim Kardashian? That hobo that lives behind Meeting Point? Indiana Jones? P!nk? Want to switch it up depending on your mood? Go for it dude! Till next week, brethren.

Just how westernised are we? : The Michael Kors syndrome

Posted on 06. Jul, 2014 by in Opinion

Just how westernised are we? : The Michael Kors syndrome

As (supposedly) Egypt’s 1932805_786746804688500_861146976_oelite community, and not just economically or class-wise, I assumed there would be a certain kind of conformity when it came to our dressing habits. However, the truth was far from that. I’m not talking skimpy versus conservative here; I’m talking practicality versus bedazzling.

The average college student in the US has three best friends in college: Coffee, the assorted fix (be it cigarettes or their favourite sort of intoxications), and a sturdy North Face Jacket and Sweatpants/leggings. The ‘I-just-rolled-out-of-bed’ look is very popular in US universities, and in my honest opinion, I think it is rightfully so.

Think of this scenario, you have an 8 am final, for which you stayed up all night cramming, and you are telling me I have to get dressed in an acceptable palette in the morning and style my hair? Hell no! I barely have enough energy as it is to shuffle to my exam hall and manage not to explode in hysterical crying!

This is not to say that there are not students who do just this, and this is not to criticise them either. On the contrary, I salute their love of life and their ability to genuinely give two craps about how they look during finals (maybe they are born with it. Maybe it is Maybelline!) But have you taken a stroll in the AUC Plaza during finals week? More than 90 percent of the student populous is, like they say, ‘3ala senget 3ashara’. I was like, Subhanallah!

It is not that it is a bad thing; I am just genuinely astounded that time better spent cramming or revising is spent on trimming and styling your hair and making sure your outfit matches your nail polish and your Michael Kors Bag (don’t tell me it is just an effortless, au naturel look. I am female; I know you wake up two hours before the alarm to get that perm AUC-perfect.) I guess, in the end, it comes down to priorities. Personally, I would rather sleep an extra hour and roll out of bed and into university looking like a hobo than waste a precious minute of sleep.

I guess this is one of the things that appealed to me in the US setting; the sporty, easy, practical look was a norm there, in support of a relaxed college experience.

Just how westernised are we ?

Posted on 29. Jun, 2014 by in General, Opinion

Just how westernised are we ?

 

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Rola El Missiery

Given our esteemed facility’s name, you would think that AUC would be epitome of westernisation, where the best of two worlds come together; the morals and antiquity of our dearest home and the practicality and innovation of the much revered America, but after having spent a semester abroad in an American university in New Jersey, all my preconceptions of what I would find in AUC were shattered.

For some reason I cannot fathom, I expected to find the attributes of being ‘American’ exhibited in our own campus, whether negative or positive, but I was delighted to discover that we have retained a bit of selectivity as to the things we have adapted.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an attempt to frown upon either place’s conventions, it’s simply an observation of the discrepancies I detected in my foray. Take my column with a grain of salt, for if I don’t manage to offend one person or the other, then I’m not doing writing properly. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be tackling a few differences I detected, and their attributed pros and cons.

Perhaps a minor thing that I noticed initially was the subject of manners, especially when dealing with instructors and professors. I think this one is a point for us, because we have definitely more respect for our superiors than I saw in Jersey. I think, more than anything, it is because most of us have not yet left our parent’s homes, and are still under  their jurisdiction. We have not yet tasted the tinge of freedom that releases those shackles, and perhaps this is for the best. (This is not to say that there are definitely exceptions, for what are campus security and reports for?)