It’s in my DNA

Hello Folks!

As a Palestinian, I always imagined that my ancestral history was coloured with the many territorial conquests of what is often defined as the Middle East. I’ve always wanted to do one of those DNA tests that tell you where you’re “really from.” But those things can be quite pricey and anyone who knows me knows that I’m living on a pinch these days. Now, somehow, don’t ask me how because I don’t remember, I found out about this free study called Genes for Good that is being done through the University of Michigan. I filled out a couple of surveys and questionnaires about myself and they sent me a spit kit. It was kind of icky, but I got through the spit kit experience and mailed my sample in. Being a free test and all, they did warn me that it would take months to get my results back. There are tons of participants, so it only makes sense. You can’t argue with free, am I right? This week, I finally got my results. The results are a tad general and I’d be interested to get some more specific results, but I’m satisfied and intrigued to learn more about my history.

Here I am. This is me:

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I did have the option to request the raw data, which I did. I received it, and while they did give me some instructions on how to read it, I can’t seem to make sense of it. Maybe I can learn more about myself through this raw data, but I could use some help trying to break it down. Any suggestion? Drop me a line at heba@dartmouth.edu if you have any grand ideas or some user-friendly data software suggestions.

Or just get in touch because now that you know a little about me, it’d be cool to learn a little about you too.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

 

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Call me… Maybe

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?

My mama called me from the next room because she wanted me to go see her. I know, not exciting.

And the beat goes on

Type of music you like most?

I literally like all types of much, with the exception electronica. That stuff drives me mad and triggers my migraines.

But yes, I love all music: hip-hop, pop, r&b, rap, jazz, classical, punk, rock, screamo, everything– even country!

I listen to different types of music depending on my mood. I keep a running list of the music I’m listening to on my Instagram, so check it out @HebavsReason

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

#LoveMe Challenge: Day 27

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What have you accepted about you?

Self acceptance is a long and rocky road. It often comes with ups and downs, but it can surprise you. Somethings, when I was younger, I never thought I could accept about myself. And things that never bothered me when I was younger, I have to learn to accept now. When I was younger, my nose shape and size never bothered me. I mean, I was always made fun of for having a big nose and it made me sad, but that never accepted my own self acceptance of my nose. It was only when I entered college when I really felt irritated by the size of my nose and wanted to exchange it for a nose less overshadowing of my face.

What the say is true, fake it till you make it. The more I pretended that my nose didn’t bother me, the less it did. Sure it wasn’t instantaneous, it tooks years. Not saying I don’t have my moments, but overall, it’s rarely a daunting thought.

It’s all about those camera/lighting angles!