Experience Lab Blog

Sunday Letter #18

Happy Sunday, friends. We’re now halfway through 2020. And though it’s felt like a decade has passed in six months, we have another six ahead of us. I’ll be taking some time this week to look back and look ahead. What were your highs and lows of the past six months? How will you make […]

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Sunday Letter #17

Happy Father’s Day! Father’s Day is a bittersweet day for me. My dad passed away four years ago from Pancreatic Cancer. He was too young. But Father’s Day is also a reminder of the times we spent together, especially in his final year. It’s also a chance to recognize other remarkable father figures. Wherever you […]

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Sunday Letter #16

Happy Sunday, friends. It’s been another full week. We are closing our applications for our Fall 2020 Cohort. If you’re still interested in applying, make sure to get the first step of your applications by tomorrow, Monday June 15th, at midnight. We can’t wait to get to know you. Here are a few of this […]

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Sunday Letter #15

Friday was my birthday. This year, it felt soberingly different. It would have been Breonna Taylor’s birthday. She would have turned 27. She’s just one name on a long list of names whose birthdays should be celebrated this year. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are the clear result of a […]

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Sunday Letter #14

It’s been a wild week in the world: more dehumanizing and crushing events for our black communities, a grand divide about re-opening our states, and ongoing uncertainty about the job market — just to name a few things. I feel a mix of anger and sadness as I look at the world today. How? Why? What […]

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Sunday Letter #13

Happy Memorial Day weekend! First, an exciting announcement… Over the past month, we’ve heard from hundreds of students and families who are concerned about returning to college this fall. We know and feel the fear about campuses flooded with students without a vaccine for COVID-19 in place. So, we’re excited to announce that Experience Lab […]

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Sunday Letter #12

Happy Sunday! Some of you are starting to experience your virtual graduation ceremonies. This won’t be the last time I’ll say this, but congratulations for making it to this point. Though your graduation experience isn’t what you expected, that doesn’t diminish how hard you’ve worked, how much you’ve learned, and how far you’ve come. There is much […]

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Sunday Letters #11

Happy Sunday! Happy Mother’s Day to the moms and mother figures who are connected to all of you. I have been thinking a lot about my family a lot lately. I feel so fortunate to have a mom who’s been supportive all these years. My parents immigrated from Egypt, and my mom hoped I would […]

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Sunday Letters #10

Happy Sunday, friends. Spring is in full bloom here in Chicago. I finally got out for a long bike ride yesterday and it was glorious. Wherever you are today, I hope you can also find a way to safely be outside and take in the signs of spring. Happiness and joy can seem hard to […]

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Sunday Letters #9

Happy Sunday! Thanks to everyone who nominated a friend or graduating senior to join Experience Lab’s next cohort. It’s been awesome to see who came to mind and why you admire them. We’ll be reaching out to each student in the coming days. Also, last Tuesday, I had the chance to meet over fifty of […]

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