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  • Yasmeen Mannan

Senior Spotlight: Emir Celikok

1. Tell me about yourself. When did you come to PVS? What are your hobbies and interests?

I have been at PVS since I can remember, so pre-kindergarten. I enjoy the outdoors especially in solitude so a few of my hobbies are fishing, hiking, swimming, and biking.

2. How has COVID-19 impacted your senior year?

Being somewhat introverted, I may be enjoying virtual learning a little more than I should. In general, I feel the class is much more productive, I have more time for homework and studying, and I am getting eight hours of sleep. Last year it was much more hectic as I would get to school at 8 and leave around 5:30 due to clubs. Being alone without friends is sometimes a little less exciting, but I am able to focus on my studies and college applications.

3. What is the worst and best thing about being a senior?

The college process is somewhat stressful but I think the worst part is realizing how old I am. I am about to turn 18, and I am regretful that I did not take full advantage of my younger years when I had ample time. But being a senior is also a very exciting time as InshaAllah we are transitioning to the next stage of our lives.

4. Who is your biggest hero/role model and why?

I sincerely believe that the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is my biggest hero, and there is no one else in comparison with him. One of my greatest role models is Abu-Darda رضي الله عنه, who reminds us all that this world is temporary and it doesn't matter about how much money we have, how big our houses are, or how fine our clothes are. Especially as a student who is caught up in thinking about which major will provide the best income, I am embarrassed when I hear that Abu-Dardas house was shorter than the height of a man.

5. If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be?

I would try my best to fully abandon all types of television, sleep early to start my day early, and form a daily routine with the Quran.

6. What are your plans for college/after graduation?

Inshallah, I am thinking of majoring In Biology with a minor in business, though I am not completely sure. I also have entrepreneurial plans, and I am excited to see how they play out.

7. What advice do you have for the underclassmen?

I would say to constantly remember the short time we have on this Earth, and to pick your friends extremely wisely. Having 1 good friend or no friends is better than 5 bad influences constantly around you. I would completely cast aside social media, video games, movies, television, and “junk food” which is destroying our body in unimaginable ways, and instead switch over to a very productive and beneficial daily routine, like waking up at 5 am, and spending the day with school, homework, Quran, exercise, beneficial hobbies, and your family. And most importantly, have trust in Allah as Tawakkul is really an aspect of Tawheed.


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