By Rachid Akiki (member)
On the 15th of November 2012 in Washington DC, in a small restaurant on M street, I remembered the words of Gebran Khalil Gebran: “These are the children of Lebanon, They are the lamps that cannot be snuffed by the wind and the salt which remains unspoiled through the ages. They are the ones born in huts but who died in palaces of learning.”
The feeling of being at Hamra Street was the same that evening except that all the people attending were Lebanese college students and immigrants in the United States.
The Lebanese Collegiate Network (LCN) and NAAP-DC hosted another successful event gathering all the Lebanese youth to meet and greet over some nice starters served by Mai Thai. The mixer started by alumni and professionals from all fields meeting at the bar and exchanging their stories about homelands, their life in the capitol, and their careers. I probably probably spoke with all the attendees and each story was different and unique in its own way. I remember the story of Joelle, a medical graduate student who is doing her residency in Psychiatry at Baltimore. Her experience and struggle were very relevant to mine, since I am a medical student aiming for a residency in the United States. I also remember the stories of Christina, an exceptional Law student at the American University, she told us about her life in DC and her past experiences. Everyone was laughing and enjoying the gathering! After the dinner appetizers, the raffle prizes were awarded to two individuals.
I look at all those people and hope that, someday; they will find a similar aspiration for a prosperous homeland. It’s only through the youth movement that we can revolutionize our homeland. I want to thank the Board and its committee of LCN & NAAP-DC for their motivations and activities. I look forward for more successful events in the near future.
Rachid Akiki is a graduate of the American University of Beirut working at George Washington University Medical Center and working towards residency in the United States. The Fall 2012 LCN and NAAP-DC Professional Mixer was Rachid’s first LCN event.