Thursday, August 28, 2008

3-1 is History.....Hopefully

Painful. The 3rd year 1st semester was simply painful. It was annoying during the classes, it was disturbing during the PL, it was horrifying during the exams, and it still hurts after them. Particularly Linear Systems and Electromagnetic Fields and Waves were utter nightmares. Imagine two thorns stuck under your toe, whenever you walk they send gnawing pain throughout your body, and you've been living with this pain for the last 4 months or so. How relieved would you feel to get rid of those thorns, and to have the pain removed? That's exactly how I feel to get rid of Linear and EFW. At first I thought Linear would be the toughest one, and indeed it was tough. But as soon as I started to prepare for EFW, I felt Linear was like heaven. EFW was indeed the most horrifying exam ever, and I'm still not free from concern about getting rid of it. I'm gonna have to keep my eyes open for the results to make sure of that. That's why the "Hopefully" part of the post title came in. Preparing for the exams was also particularly harder than before as I missed the loving care of my Mom, who, along with my Dad, was in Saudi Arabia at that time.
3-1 just left a bad taste in my mouth. I dearly wish and pray to Allah that he gives Barkat to my exam papers so I could get rid of this disgusting, disturbing and annoying semester once and for all.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Take Care, Adnan Sir

I first met Adnan sir back in the last days of 1-2. It was in our viva of Electrical Circuits II lab, and Adnan sir was quizzing us. Probably he joined our department just a few days ago. He was asking all the questions regarding the very basics of the lab course, and my fellow examinees was putting them mostly wrong, and I was giving the right answers !! Anyways, back in that day I never thought that Adnan sir would one day become my favorite teacher. He took our C++ classes in 2-1, which was a nightmare for most of my classmates, but programming (at least the basic part of it) seemed fascinating to me, and I followed Adnan sir's lectures with wide eyes and an open mind. His approach was a bit different from the other lecturers. From that time we found out how friendly and cooperating Adnan sir can be. Whenever we went to him to get something cleared out, he would find some time for us always. He used to put up the class lecture sheets in his website, this particular approach was out of the line of the typical lecturers of the varsity. His website inspired me to venture into the world of amateur web development, in which I found great interest. Then in 2-2 he took Digital Electronics, but not on our section. But some of us, including me, found another reason to stay close to him. Adnan sir, towards the end of 2-1 came up with the idea of creating an online journal for the EEE department. From the start of 2-2, me and some other guys, under the guidance of Adnan sir started to develop this site, rather blog. We shared many tips and tricks of amateur web development during the development process.
Then in 3-1, he took Linear Systems, which is considered to be one of the toughest courses in our EEE programme. But I must admit, he did more than expected. During the class and beyond, he was always helping us out, just as he always have done so far. I just finished the Linear Systems semester final today. I must admit, I have learned a lot in this course, and whatever are my shortcoming in this subject, are only due to my lack of dedication to it. But Adnan sir has been more supportive than we could expect him to be.
It was probably back in 2-1 when he started writing his personal blog. From the very beginning, he has been a regular blogger. His blog is the kind of a personal blog where the writer writes not only about the happenings in his personal life, but also various other issues (unlike my blog). I've always been a regular reader of his blog and was also free to comment due to the friendly nature of Adnan sir. It is also a great honour for me that he also reads my blog (yes, this blog, he reads it, believe it or not), and he has been the top commentator as well. His comments and suggestions have been a great inspiration in my blogging and making websites. I thank him again for that.
There's a whole lot of things I could write about him, but my text wouldn't be the kind you would find in the magazines, because frankly speaking, I can't write that well, at least from the literary point of view. But why am I suddenly writing all this about my favorite teacher? No, I'm not doing this to make him give me more marks in Linear, haha, in fact he won't even check our exam papers. Because unfortunately for us (and fortunately for him) he is leaving the country to go abroad for higher studies. Inshallah he'll make his journey on the 21st of August across the continent into Europe to complete his MSc, where he will study in one of the top ranked universities of the world, just as he deserves. As I am happy to see him getting the opportunity to progress in his career, I'm also extremely disappointed that he won't be with us anymore. His support and encouragement, his friendliness and cooporation is what made him our favorite, and those are the very things that we're gonna miss. I don't see any reason for him to miss us, except for the fact that we were his first students who gave him a hell lot of trouble during the last year and a half. But we, particularly I, have every possible to reason to remember him. If I live that long, and Allah permits, after 3 more semesters complete my graduation from AUST, whenever I'll look back at my varsity life, I'll always see the supporting hand of Adnan sir.
So I'm writing this post to thank Adnan sir, for everything he has done for us. I wish and pray to Allah The Almighty, that Adnan sir finds success, progress, and most importantly, happiness, wherever he goes. May Allah keep him on the Right Path, and may happiness persuit him in this life and the next.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mom and Dad Goes to Umrah (Without me !!)

Last thursday my mom and dad left the country for Saudi Arabia to perform The Umrah and visit the two most beloved cities of the Muslim world. At first they've gone to the golden Madina Munawwarah, where they are performing their Salaats in Masjid e Nababi, the beautiful mosque which was the mosque of Prophet Muhammad (S) in the dawn of Islam, and they are conveying their Salaam to our beloved Nabi (S) who is lying there. After about a week inshallah they'll head towards Makkah Mukarrama and perform their Umrah and dazzle their eyes with the site of The Holy Kaaba. I'm really happy that my mom and dad have taken a break from their busy lives and went to the two most peaceful places on earth. But honestly speaking, I'm really disappointed and jealous that I'm not with them. We all went to Umrah back in 2002, and those five days were the most memorable days of my life, and the most pleasing. I always thought that whenever again my parents would go there, they'd take me with them. But unfortunately that hasn't been the case. No complaints though, because I know Allah will always give me what is best for me, and when it is best for me. So I just pray to Allah that He grants peace to the minds of my parents by this visit, and that they return to us with better Imaan and better health. And I also hope that me and my bro and sis, along with my parents get to go to the beloved cities together very soon again.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Deep Breath Before the Plunge

The semester finals start in less than 48 hours. Saturday's exam is Electrical Machines III which is a lot easier compared to the other courses in this semester. DLD II can be tricky, Linear Systems will need a lot of hard work in the six days of break before the exam to get a respectable mark, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves can be a terrible pain as it depends A LOT on memorizing , which of course, I'm horrible at, same problem goes for Sociology, but hopefully Accounting won't be much of a problem. So now I'm taking a deep breath before the plunge, don't know if I can hold my breath long enough. I just hope that August 26 comes as soon as possible, when the exams of 3rd year 1st semester will be all over, as this is definitely the most disturbing and uninteresting semester so far. Remember me in your prayers.