A contradiction in terms but not in practice, April’s Student of the Month requires a paradox to describe but is a delight to know and a pride to our community.
Khadija Alaa Makki, well deserving of this award, is well known to AUIS’s students, staff, and faculty. A sixth semester academic student majoring in International Studies, Khadija is not only a student in high standing, she is also well known for her active participation in and outside of the classroom. How she succeeds, however, is as impressive as her resume and shows a serious study of excellence.
Always at the top of her class, Khadija is a quietly energetic student, liked by both teachers and fellow students. Khadija has further invested herself into her study of choice and appropriately applies her studies to helping others by being an officer for the Council for International Studies Students (CISS) and by interning last summer (July – September 2011) with the International Negotiation Institute (INI). In other words, Khadija not only studies politics and government, she has taken her lessons to heart and practices what she has been studying.
Further signs that Khadija employs her notable strengths to helping others can be seen in her reflections posted on the AUIS Student Blog (http://auis.edu.iq/node/578) and her work as a tutor in the Writing Centre.
Gentle and respectful in manner but always a lively intellectual presence, Khadija has honed her skills of articulation and argument through the Debate Team. There she bravely stages her intellect for all to see. There Khadija wins by the quiet but sure force of reason not by the brute power of volume or violence. Perhaps it is her intellectual confidence that allows her to be generous of spirit and a tolerant and careful listener, perhaps it is her attempts to refine her reason developed through careful study at AUIS that makes her listen with quiet and concentrated reserve; whatever the cause, Khadija’s manner is as wonderful as her accomplishments and is a fine member of our intellectual and ethical community.