India is brimming with pride as Rida Yumn Ahmed of class XI-A of JKG International School got honoured by ‘The New York Academy Of Sciences’ by being bestowed with ‘Distinguished Student Award’ and also being invited for a Global STEM Alliance Summit which had students from 37 countries. Rida attended the three day Annual Global STEM Alliance (GSA) Summit, dedicated to building a global community of science and technology leaders at the headquarters of NYAS at World Trade Centre, New York. Rida networked amongst peers, mentors, and professionals and developed cross-cultural communication skills and interacted with STEM professionals from leading companies and universities. The agenda for the summit was as follows: Wednesday, July 24th Rida had the honour of meeting Mr.Ellis Rubenstein (President and CEO of NYAS) and Ms.Aissata Camara(Mayor’s office for international affairs) who focussed on the UN SDG’s. She attended a workshop on “Interface of science and policy” which had the following speakers: Mr. Donovan Guttieres, UN Major Group for Children & Youth Mr. Ricardo de Guimarães Pinto, Liaison Officer to the United Nations at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) New York Office Dr. Teresa Stoepler, Executive Director of the InterAcademy Partnership (Policy) and Member of the Global Young Academy Later she explored neuroscience by using EEG to examine brainwaves by New York University hosted by NYU Brainwaves and met her mentors. Global STEM Alliance Summit Memories *Thursday, July 25th* Attended a workshop “Young Innovator in Science” by Dr. Shruti Naik,researcher in New York University. Went to Verizon’s 5G Lab to unlock new use cases and prototypes using 5G technology. (Amazing Experience) There was Film Screening of ‘Madam Mars’, a project that reframes the story of space exploration as a feminist issue, Followed by a Q&A with Writer and Director, Jan Millsapps, Ph.D In the GSA Open House and Evening Reception,met professionals from across the world. There was also a keynote by Kathryn Harrison, Founder and CEO of Stealth Startup (Again damn Amazing.. Blockchain..ILoveYou) *Friday, July 26th* Keynote Presentation: Ms. MiMi Aung from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who led the team to do the first ever flight demonstration at Mars. Rida has also met Nick Donofrio(IBM Fellow) and attended the Panel Discussion: ‘Diversity and Inclusion in STEM’ which had speakers like Manager Baffour, CEO and Founder of Getronics Danny Guillory, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at DropBox Jennifer Breslin, Founder of Futuristas Jeffery Reid, Vice President, Head of Genome Informatics and Data Engineering at Regeneron Seema Kumar, Vice President Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson. The summit was a productive event.
Hey folks..yes I’m Alive!
So I am glad to share that in my ‘blogging sabbatical’ much things have happened in my life!
I am now a member of the prestigious ‘The Junior Academy”.
The Junior Academy is an elite group of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and companies around the world dedicated to designing innovative solutions to global challenges.
It is associated with New York Academy Of Sciences and being accepted into this society is a huge honour for me!
Here in you need to participate in various challenges/projects and find sustainable solutions.
Students develop advanced research, innovation,
and collaboration skills with best-in-class
learning resources and leverage these skills to
compete in challenges sponsored by industry-
We work for the betterment for the following fields using STEM.
- Food Systems
- Public Health
- Water, Sanitation,
- Sustainability and
- Climate Change
- Energy Biodiversity
- Space Education
- Equity Emerging
- Economic Development
I urge folks to join The Junior Academy as a mentor or mentee if you have a passion for STEM.
Here’s the link-
I am also selected for KWHS Global Investment Challenge. So here my love for Economics comes!
The Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Investment Competition is a free, global, online investment simulation for high school students(9th to 12th grade) and teachers.
Students learn about teamwork, communication, risk,diversification, company analysis, industry analysis and investing teams consist of four to seven students, and classes can have several competing teams;
student-led investment clubs and home- schooled teams are also encouraged to participate.
Each team manages a portfolio of $100,000 in virtual cash over the course of 10 weeks using Wharton’s online trading and investment simulator (OTIS).
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Much more activities are going on but I gave a sneak into them just because I want to make you guys aware what I am upto these days!
If you’ve any experience to share or have any ideas which you want to share related to the above mentioned things or solutions for a better future…
Please mail it to-
I am waiting!
Life is now full of various responsibilities and with great power comes great responsibilities.
I wish I am able to do them amazingly!
Wish me luck.Need your support always!!
May love,peace, prosperity prevail in our lives!
P.S. Just chalked out some of my artworks..
Thanks for bearing with them!
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The heart was filled with mystery
Hidden was the rarest treasury
The beats knocked like a bell
But who knew there was hell
The hands reached to grab
The essence of life
Love was what all she seeked
No one knew the terrible seizure
Of the spirit of the lovely soul
Hidden in the eyes
And everything that
Could make tears roll.
Desire was too real
But the shadow dabbled
In the puddle of those black pearls
Hatred now prevailed
Slit is the wish which hailed
Which mixed in the air
With a withering cry
Which went unheard.
It wasn’t sold , the feelings
Here they were precious as gold.
The shadows followed,followed from the darkest corners where
It couldn’t be reached
The passion couldn’t get more terrible
The lives of them
Were in the hands of destiny.
A light lit in the darkest cave
Somehow, helped the thirsty slave
It went away in a blink
Cut were the ties and their absolute link.
Soon appeared one day
Unseen and unheard
Wished that things will be
Finally settled in this world.
The chirping of the birds
The cackling of the buds
Were all unseen and unheard
Only to find that the light
Has actually vanished the shadow
Gone with the wind
The heart is still filled with mystery
The passion is still flowing
Hidden the rarest treasury
Has finally been wiped off
From it’s endless misery.
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Guest posts/Collaborations Welcome..
So in this post.. I’ve done collaboration with
(my constant support and a pillar of strength)
( My dearest friend and a wonderful blogger.)
Check out their blogs and flood it with likes/comments/shares!
(Please Read Till The End)
– From J Raouf.
Her story is this that she was born in the UK and her parents were from Asia.
The children had another way of life to her. At the age of 4, she started school and was embarrassed as her mother was very traditional and the kids were very western. it was a clash of cultures and she never could fit in, no matter how hard she tried. She just knew she was different to other kids.
She suffered a lot of discrimination by being a girl from a different race and with a different culture.
As she became older the teachers became harsher even in primary school. A teacher didn’t believe her when she said that a boy had bullied her as the teacher thought that he was with the teacher most of the time.She was afraid of asking questions because the teachers were not understanding.
In high school, even her own friends would turn against her in an attempt to ruin their own best friend and stir up fights.And the teachers did nothing about it. They only made the situation worse by not realising what was going on.
In University, she was harassed by a man from back home who was previously engaged and a friend. Nothing was done about it, although he stalked her to her home. She told the University but they didn’t believe her, they thought it was normal.
She thinks nowadays that this sexual harassment idea is getting out of control as people are coming out with stories that show that they have given consent.
A large part of sexual harassment is unreported and the genuine cases usually go ignored.
Collab-a-thon. Hmm.. that’s a great idea! This series by @Meraki Forever has made my ideas and thoughts to be more open. I would thank Rida for giving me such an opportunity to address one of a global problem.
Well the problem…
From 2007 to 2012, only 30.8% of the speaking characters in the top 500 movies were women.
We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish at being exposed like never before. It has unended traces, across the global film industry.
Women’s empowerment is at the heart of 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. While facts don’t lie about the discrimination women face in their work life, they are subject to harassment in most cases.
Global film industries including the Hollywood have been seen as the most civilised ones. Yet cases like Harvey Weinstein’s still exist. This gender gap in film industries har remained unchecked for about a decade. Women acting roles lie almost less than half that their men counterparts had.
Women centric movies definitely need encouragement. For a movie isn’t complete until there’s a woman in it. Perhaps Disney understood the problem before the industry could and had a special series of ‘Disney princess’
However, in many Television as well as theatre shows, men play their role as women !!. Ya.. That’s true…. no one can deny it. Rather gender oppression and discrimination in movies must be denied.
On this March 8, international women’s day, newspapers and magazines will have a whole cover full of about-women talks but everyone forgets it when a day or two passes ! And….
‘Women’ can do what ‘we men’ cannot do
It’s like a breath of fresh air and a refreshing feeling when all of us irrespective of our differences unite together for an issue. It is high time that everyone came out of their closets and voiced their opinion for the equality of mankind and a safe environment for all.
When more and more women will come out and break the shackles of the patriarch society and the orthodox diktats, more females will be encouraged to say No More.. #Time’s Up.
The #MeToo movement is now a wake up call for everyone. But , all those out there, should now fight against the violence and torments so that the next generation is not saying #MeToo.
Without HER..even a HERO is a 0.
Then,what is the brouhaha about the machoism? Real men protect and treat equally their female counterparts.
You are the change..Come out and be the change. Spread the idealism of #Equal Rights.
When God had made no differences amongst us..then why we the society is making this heinous step?
Make it feel safe for a girl to walk around.. How will a person feel when it is followed/stared/teased/abused every single moment. Life becomes hell.
Let’s bring the change..
As Ayush’s blog says..
Check Oprah Winfrey’s Epic Speech At Golden Globe Awards👇👇👇👇
So..I am sharing my first ever collaboration with my one of the sweetest and dearest blogger Shreya Jindal as part of
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Share her posts❤❤❤
We have exchanged questions between us which was Shreya’s idea to get ourselves knowing more of each other.A lot of e-mails and chats have finally given us this beautiful questionnaire❤❤
Rida’s Questions For Shreya❤
Q.1. Where do you see yourself in next 10 years?
Hmm.. A long term though to think. And I really cannot guess.
Q.2. Which areas of interest do grab your attention? What is the profession you are going to pursue?
I want to master up in everything and I guess anything can grab my attention easily. Its the music, especially Sufi and Korean pop. Then comes dance, sports, a meeting with a well developed business personality or any other co-curriculars I might be unaware of.
Q.3. What you think about the pressure of exams on children/high expectations?
Hahaa. This is actually a question for our age group. Well next year board exams, it’s really over-pressurising to think of it. More than the child’s expectations itself, parents or the relatives repeatedly insist child to bring full marks ignoring the capability of the child which is even more pressurising.😅😂
Q.4. Your views on pop culture? Who you like the most?
Oh’ something which attracts me like flowers do to bees. Hahaa. I love pop endlessly. I love Korean pop groups or even individual singers do work like Jonghuyn, black queens, red velvet and I can go on endlessly. Some Sufi pops I love are Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ustaad Nazeer Ahmed Gustaki and again the list is endless.
Q.5. What are your thoughts on school life? Changes and challenges you have faced.
Ok, I always used to think that college is more interesting and hardly any pressure of exams but whenever I talk to my brother he says that school life is the best part. Is it?
And somehow I realized this during the farewell of 10th grade bid by 9th grade students. They were crying horribly and now its hard to think how 11 years passed in this school with these mates.
As such if we talk about challenges school is all about facing challenges I guess. But that’s what makes us capable enough to face even more blasting-challenging life ahead. In nutshell I love school but do wait for the college.:P;-)🎒 🏫 ^_~
Shreya’s Questions For Rida ❤
Q6:- What is your biggest pet peeve?
I can see all the fakeness and I know the reality of a person.. And the rest of world’s like- “He’s a true gem!!” I don’t know why that happens.
2)People doing discrimination and backbiting. If you have the guts,say on the face darn!!
Q7:- Something about yourself and your birth place?
I am a high school student.Books are my love..Singing is my soul.
Technology ,Science, And Computers make me go waka-waka.I am a music lover
I love speaking.. Talking to people..sharing intellectual talks…and I love food.
As for my birthplace.. I consider it India and I can do anything for my nation.
Q8:- Night owl or an early bird?
I have always been an early bird.Early to bed and early to rise,makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
I can wake up only till 12:00 a.m. if it is exam time.
Q8:- views on try friendship. Does it ever exist?
I don’t know about that and I am not the best person to answer that.Whenever I’ve been friends with anyone.. They have turned out to be the worst..nor I haven’t found anyone who is really a good friend.. It’s a complicated issue for me.
Q9:- The stream you are going to pursue after your 10th. If decided. Will you take what your parents pressurise you to or will you follow what your dreams demand?
My parents don’t pressurise me a bit.I am lucky in that part.I am gonna pursue whatever life holds for me..We should follow our dreams..Technology and Science are my preferred field❤❤
Q10:- Want to be a king of all trades or practice one thing professionally?
Look…now that is a professional question. Everyone pursues one profession only which is there to survive you.But,then there are no limitations of what you can explore in different spheres.I don’t want to keep my brain clogged with specific knowledge.. It is always open..and maybe I can use other talents to make something big in life.
(If you too want a collaboration..)
Email at- email@example.com
Or..write your email in the comments❤
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
The purpose of the award is to spread positivity. Positivity is what I am. I thank Winny ma’am for making me delve into this beautiful concept and after I got more interested in it,it was truly so sweet of her,that she personally nominated me for this.(after all she is a lovely mother of two).
She mentioned in her post to #spreadthelove and here I am spreading optimism around❤
This award was started by Srijan. He noticed the negativity going around and thought of an award that will spread positive vibes. Therefore, if you are nominated please spread it around to make this world a better place.
1) Mention the rules!
2) Start with one very inspiring, positive yet beautiful quote!
3) Mention the name of the creator, which is the person who has nominated you. I repeat the person who has nominated you. And so in this way, everyone will be a creator of this blog, at least once!
4) Write a short poem for the person who nominated you.
5) Nominate any 8 bloggers and let them know that they are nominated!
6) Tell us a short beautiful story, be it imaginative or practical. (100-150 words)
7) Ask 3 questions.
8) Don’t hate, appreciate.
Poem for Winny
Winny,Oh what a beautiful name,
Mine and her thoughts are,
Just so same.
Such a wonderful blogger who came,
With a positive hue,
Reminding me of Winnie the Pooh,
Who’s always happy,
And around him,
Winny’s also like him,
With Amazing posts,making it fun,
Making my visage glow like sun,
Cheering up everyone.
She’s a sweet mother,
And when I read her blog,
I feel I have,
About nothing to bother.
I tell you all,
To visit her blog,
And delve into her posts
Like a hog!
I nominate you all👇
- Parth Agarwal
- Jayshree Solanki
- Lady Nightwave Brenda Marie
….Please spread the good vibes❤The nomination is open to anyone who would love to #spreadthelove
The Relief For Pain…
(This belongs to the refugees who were victims of chemical blast in Syria who wanted to get rid of the DIRT)
When I reached there I saw a smiling boy and a giggling girl. Both were toddlers enlightning the surrounding with their joyful presence.
Hordes of people sat around with the children murmuring.Some people chuckling around the ground. It was home to hundreds of jewels in the dark.Melancholy coated their life with the shadow of plight.
With a cut on his head and a limping foot,my 3 year old son ,Zaid,came running to me. I was sitting just coming back after fetching food packets for which hundreds thronged,almost pinning me down on earth.Zaid,with anguish in his swollen eyes asked, “Ma, I want some water.I am not feeling good. I am feeling itchy,maaaaaaa!!!”
Whenever he used to groan in pain ,my dear, he used to shout Maaaaaa….and clutch me with his weak hands.
Our community usually dealt with hunger pangs and were being trapped by the militants. If we could not flee to any other place,every one of us has to face , the face of death and has to come under their knives and get slaughtered.
Fumes came before my eyes. My son still clutched to me making me feel helpless as I couldn’t reach to any medical aid.
If I dared to get out of the shanty, I may be shot to death. The chemical gas blast has brought doom before my eyes. Militants have dispersed the poisonous gases to make us flee.
Yes, they were successful in their mission.
All the children of the refugees and some malnourished women fled with their souls.
My Zaid also was now at peace without pain with his hands dangling around my shoulders
Here are my answers to Winny’s questions:
1. What inspires you in life?(answer to my dearest friend Shreya too!!)
Anything that has a good quality in them.I’ve started seeing great qualities in people and attracted more to optimism.My inspiration lies in everything which is God’s gift and am not bounded to make someone my idol… because except God and Prophet (PBUH),no one is perfect.Although Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam is one true gem who gets me going..
2. Do you believe in humanity? Why?
Humanity is still alive…I sometimes doubt this fact,but when I meet good people like you, it seems to me that humanity does exist otherwise we would not have been breathing❤
3. Do you believe in Karma? Please explain.
Me as a science lover,take that,Boomerang will give you my answer❤
Here are my questions:
“Can you judge who is the better person out of these three?Why you chose them?
- 1. He had friendship with bad politicians
- 2. He consulted astrologers
- 3. He had two wives
- 4. He was a chain smoker
- 5. He took alcohol eight to 10 times a day
- 1. He was kicked out of office twice
- 2. He would sleep from morning till noon
- 3. He used opium in college
- 4. He drunk whiskey every evening
- 1. He was a decorated war hero
- 2. He was a vegetarian
- 3. He never smoked
- 4. He never took alcohol
- 5. He never cheated on his wife
- 6. He was a painter
“Don’t hate, Appreciate”
Positive vibes only.