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Quick Update by Ahmed H. '12

My neighbors are celebrating by firing guns in the air which is not conducive to sleep.

New year’s eve here in Karachi. Assault rifle fire is really loud. I can hear the pings of bullets landing in the street. As long as the electricity is flowing and the guns are shooting, I’ll be awake in the basement and away from windows ready to answer your questions with the new and improved application deadline quickly approaching.

Here’s a picture. Enjoy, good luck, and feel free to email me at the address in the banner. Have a happy and safe new year.

39 responses to “Quick Update”

  1. Hi Ahmed, Happy New Year.

    I wanted to know if it’s okei to send the secondary school report and the teachers evaluation by Fax to the Admission office!!

    As I was afraid to miss the dead line, The post office said the Mail will be in MIT on January 4,2009 !! Is it okei, thanks
    Enjoy your time !!

  2. Suril says:

    Happy New Year!

    (there you go Ahmed – first?!) smile

  3. Mohsin says:

    Hey my parents are from Pakistan! They lived in Lahore though. I love visiting there. Hope you have a safe and happy trip.
    Happy New Year!
    (first)

  4. Ahmed says:

    If I’m understanding your question correctly it seems like the post office said that your materials will actually be on the campus of MIT by Jan 4, which is fine. They just have to be postmarked (ie picked up) before or on Jan 3.

  5. Thanks for the reply Ahmed. I hope you are right, Because I thought it would reach USA by Jan 4, I’ll check again !! Thanks for your help.

  6. Cam says:

    I like this. Nice post, nice picture.

    Thanks. Happy new year to ya.

  7. sepideh says:

    wow, we are pretty close now; just need to get over the border wink i live in Iran.
    p.s do they speak Persian in Pakistan? I’ve always wondered this but never got a precise answer.

  8. Anonymous says:

    come to Islamabad! lesser load-shedding :D

  9. Ahmed says:

    No not Persian really; Urdu is the main language of Pakistan.

  10. Posted says:

    @sepideh – well, I’m sure a lot of people know Persian, but most people speak Urdu – a persianized form of Hindustani.

    @ahmed – salaam Ahmed. Have fun in Karachi.

  11. sepideh says:

    thanks, think i can understand Urdu…hum. getting interested…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ahmad, Im from karachi too. What school did you go to?

  13. Hey Ahmad, Im from karachi too. What school did you go to?

  14. Ngozi '13 says:

    Oh my God, you have to write a post about Karachi! What languages are spoken there?

  15. Ngozi '13 says:

    Oh, nevermind Urdu. XD Though that’s the primary, what other languages do people speak?

  16. Ben Zheng says:

    Happy New Year!

    Write a blog about Karachi when you get a chance, it seems interesting.

    -Ben

  17. Ehsan says:

    Yay! Your still alive.

  18. Hello Ahmed, happy New Year!

    My School Report and Teacher evaluation A were processed on my MyMIT Application 2 weeks ago whereas my Evaluation B wasn’t even thought I sent all three forms in the same FedEx envelope. Should I just be more patient, or resend my Evaluation B?

  19. Ahmed says:

    Ali, since Evaluation B must have arrived with the envelope, I would say just be patient. Maybe they’re running behind on processing the Evaluation B forms.

  20. Ngozi '13 says:

    I went to the DeBakey High School for Health Professions in Houston, Texas.

    Hey, I’m from Houston! And I know another Ahmed who went to the same high school. smile

  21. '13 says:

    welcome to our grad year!

  22. MIT'12 says:

    Hey I AM from pakistan, why havnt you been at any of the PAKS-MIT events?

  23. Ahmed says:

    Haha Ngozi, I know him too; we even went to middle school together.

  24. Thanks Ahmed, really appreciate it.

  25. Suman Barua says:

    Heya!I am from India. Hows the environment there man? The news channels are going gaga on the post-26-nov india-pak stress!!! Is it really strained from where you look at it from?

    Wishing you a VERY happy and Peaceful News Year 2009

    CHEERS-
    smile

  26. Happy new year!

    I hope the rain of bullets will stop there soon… it sounds so frightening!

    I have a Pakistani friend who is in college in Texas. She told me her extended family lives in Karachi and thereabout, and she is very worried for them.

    May the internet distract you long enouch until they’ll stop shooting!

  27. Gun shots were also heard in bahawlpur!

  28. Ahmed says:

    I went to the DeBakey High School for Health Professions in Houston, Texas. Other languages spoken in Pakistan include English, Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi, Pashto, Saraiki, and Bengali. I do plan on blogging about my trip here. Yes I’m still alive. I don’t go to PAKS-MIT events because I’m not really interested? I don’t know, just not high on my list of priorities. The gunfire stopped at about 3am at which point I decided to try sleeping again.

  29. That’s how we celebrate EVERYTHING here in Karachi- Independence Day, Eid, New Year’s. With lots of loud bangs and the smell of gunpowder but unfortunately no fireworks displays.

  30. Arfa '13 says:

    that’s so cool, I was born in Karachi grin

  31. @ Ngozi, 13
    hey, just wondering, are u Nigerian??

  32. Hey ahmed I’ll be the one to post this since I haven’t seen it.
    So my school isn’t very organized and my counselor inst really the best one ever. To me understanding my counselor and my humanities teachers haven’t yet sent my MIT forms ( evaluation B and school report) now my evaluation A (science teacher) was sent out.
    I am sooooo worried that because of them MIT will not consider me or think bad of me right from the start. I submitted my application on the 31st of December so on my part everything is on time. Can you let me know if this happens in a lot of cases or am I the first one? Also will I be penalized? On Monday when we start school again I will speak to my teacher and counselor

  33. Misbah says:

    You’re in Khi? Not fair. My trip got canceled.

    Ah well, at least they’ve put a stop to all the load shedding going on. That was a nightmare.

    Enjoy your trip..

  34. Justin says:

    YOu should tell your neighbors about a certain man in Michigan. He fired a gun into the air, and, in one shot, severed the power line on the way up, killing power to the entire block, and on the way down hitting his gas meter, blowing his home to pieces and setting a few more on fire.

  35. We are used to it! Electricity problem has increased now:(
    I want to know more about MIT. I am planning to pursue my career in Aerospace engineering but my brain is all screwed up. Hoping that you will reply.

  36. I want to know more about MIT. Your responses are vague. Help please.

  37. mohit sindhu says:

    hi! Ahmed,

    i am an applicant from india.i have got a great academic peformance…been in olympiads(national level ONLY).& doing a hoot good in PCM.

    but in all these i screwed ny ENGLISH which resulted in my BAD scores in SAT 1.but , now i ahve prepared a lot …& taking a Toefl in early feb….

    will that help me ???….

    thanks