Mai Alkhamissi
مي الخميسي

.Mai Alkhamissi... مي الخميسي

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Courtesy of Heba Abou El EId
Who am I, is a question that I have not been able to answer yet so I'll start with some facts and maybe that will unveil the picture.

a. My name is Mai. It is not the month, it is not pronounced as May or Maie. Just Mai. One syllable 
b. I am from Egypt, even though I am very critical of nationalism and patriotism on a theoretical level but where I am from has a large effect on who I am becoming. 
c. This should explain the three pictures I posted.
d. I am a horrible photographer, but I took the picture with the Egyptian and the Palestinian flags, and I am really proud of it.
e. I do not know how to use photoshop, so I have to give theme credit to my friend Peter Wissa.
f. I double major in Sociology and Anthropology at the American  University in Cairo. 
g. I have no artistic talent whatsoever. I can not sing, dance, draw, paint, take photos or play a musical instrument. Nothing.
h. I change my mind on what I want to do with my life every three days ( figuratively speaking), I realize its okay for now but I know I will need to settle soon.
i. Today ( and for the past couple of months), my plan is to go Graduate School, and teach at AUC later on. I also want to take part of the vibrant Egyptian civil society. I am blinded by the hopes and dreams of a typical university student. 
j.I was taught to critcize always. Only problem is I rarely find alternative solutions, which puts me in an uncomfortable position.
l. I may win a world record in talking. I am a chatterbox. 
k. I find hope in the Egyptian revolution. I see Egypt now as a piece of clay that can be moulded into very difference play. I feel its my role to contribute to the shaping of a new Egypt. 


Family matters

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Nassau, The Bahamas, 2009
it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, Call you need one.  ~Jane Howard


I like the anthropological connotation of this quote, plus its true.

From left to right: My mother Maissa, myself, My father Khaled and my twin brothers Bahaa and Badr. 

Friends, too. 

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend - Aristotle

and I have 5


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