Haneen Hindi: NUQ Orientation

 Upon discovering that I was accepted into NUQ, I was thrilled to become a wildcat. Before attending orientation week, I blindly presumed that being a wildcat meant loudly cheering on our basketball team and taking a large number of impressive photographs; however, I was mistaken. One activity in particular made me see just how well-rounded wildcats are: the StrengthsQuest Session. StrengthsQuest is an online test we were asked to complete which assessed us as individuals and told us what our top five strengths are. We were then asked to think about how we could use our strengths in our university lives and in helping others. My results were as follows: learner, discipline, futuristic, harmony and positivity.




“You will always be drawn to the process of learning. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered – this is the process that entices you.” When I read the ‘Learner’ portion of my StrengthsFinder Report, these sentences were the ones that struck me as particularly accurate. I could not have been more satisfied with this result due to the obvious fact that it would help me succeed in all of my courses; it certainly helped with choosing which courses I wanted to learn about during Dean Roth’s Journalism Overview/ Academic Advising Session. Absorbing the information taught in class would not only help me in gaining my goal GPA and the admiration of my professors, but it would also help me help others who do not obtain this strong point. However, simply learning what’s in the textbook certainly isn’t all there is to succeeding in university…




Discipline is perhaps the most essential element of being a student to me due to the fact that it will help me in one main aspect: time management. This strength will make me a valuable member of groups and teams (which is why I chose to be on the basketball team during the Activity Selection Session); I have the ability to help my fellow wildcats stay on task and “maintain progress and productivity in the face of distractions”. In addition to this, having order in my life will also help me carefully plan out my time so that I can participate in clubs, internships and – in the future – jobs rather than solely focusing my time on completing coursework.




“When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you. They can energize others, too. In fact, very often people look to you to describe your visions of the future. They want a picture that can raise their sights and thereby their spirits – you can paint it for them”. This quotation truly inspired me. Having the ability to look towards what the future holds is grand and I am pleased to obtain this strength; I was especially grateful to be ‘futuristic’ during the Internship/Job Session where we were told about all the opportunities ahead. This strength will benefit me and others in the long run; it will allow us to work together towards our future goals and cooperate during our time as wildcats.




There was a segment of orientation week where Mrs. Lakisha Tillman spoke to us about how to cooperate with and respect each other; this Citizen Cat/ NUQ Rules Session allowed me to see how I could put yet another one of my strong points to use. Harmony is the belief that we can all work better if we keep our arguments and conflicts to a minimum and instead seek agreement and consensus. It was once said that “the news is what the consensus of journalists determines it to be”. When I applied to NUQ, the last sentence of my personal statement was that my dream is to become part of this consensus. This session really allowed me to see the importance of harmony in a consensus; positivity plays a significant role in maintaining this harmony.




The last activity planned for our orientation week was the March through the Arch. The NUQ Class of 2015 was the first class to participate in this Northwestern tradition. We began by having a small pep rally in the forum which filled us all with energy and excitement. As the rally came to an end, we began filing out of the forum and towards the Purple Arch that our orientation team had kindly decorated especially for the occasion. The minute I saw it, I realized how lucky I am to have ‘positivity’ as one of my strengths. As I marched through the arch with my classmates, I felt like this was the beginning of something magnificent. Maintaining a positive outlook throughout these next four years is one of my goals and orientation week has been a positive way to start it all off. I can’t wait to be a wildcat!



*Note: The text in quotations in the fifth paragraph was taken from the following source: ("Journalism facts -" Freebase - A wealth of free data. Web. 30 Aug. 2011. <http://>.). All other text in quotations was taken from my personal results on my StrengthFinder Report after completing the StrengthsQuest test:

by Haneen Hindi, NUQ 2015  Aug 31st, 2011
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LaKisha , 3:24pm on Nov 27th, 2011
great writing Haneen! so glad you had an awesome orientation experience. those amazing Strengths Quest presenters were Kevin D\\\'Arco of CMU and Julie Chase of Texas A&M and they did a really great job. You will find that knowing and using your strengths will help you succeed in all you do.
Salma , 9:12pm on Sep 15th, 2011
SO well-written!
matilde , 9:02pm on Sep 15th, 2011
good luckk :))
Daniella , 8:45pm on Sep 15th, 2011
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Maryam , 8:42pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Batool , 8:36pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Cecilia , 8:30pm on Sep 15th, 2011
WOW! This is a REALLY great essay!
Donicka , 8:13pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Good luck Haneeen XD
Rawan , 8:01pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Hope this helps you out!
Dana , 7:59pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Rana , 7:56pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! I love this Haneen, mashalla you\\\'re a very talented writer =)
Holly , 6:50pm on Sep 14th, 2011
Parisa , 6:21pm on Sep 13th, 2011
You are a very eloquent writer! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this essay.Good luck, Haneen!
mike , 12:50pm on Sep 13th, 2011
veryy nice.. :p
kiki , 12:50pm on Sep 13th, 2011
i love this! :))
josh , 12:47pm on Sep 13th, 2011
good job hannen
Noora , 12:46pm on Sep 13th, 2011
keep swaggin girl :p
Mohammad , 12:46pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Fatima , 12:44pm on Sep 13th, 2011
interesting read!
sara , 12:43pm on Sep 13th, 2011
maha , 12:43pm on Sep 13th, 2011
allay wafgich
Amna , 12:42pm on Sep 13th, 2011
good work haneen!
Amna , 12:41pm on Sep 13th, 2011
well done
Megan , 12:38pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Good Job Haneen! :) Congrats on getting into NUQ btw!
Sara , 12:37pm on Sep 13th, 2011
WILAY! so proud of youuuu XD
ellie , 12:36pm on Sep 13th, 2011
i did a similar test but i got very different results ahahahah. anyway great essay and good luck :)
Lina , 12:35pm on Sep 13th, 2011
shu hadddd wallah ma 3rfnaky hehehhe
Wardah , 12:33pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Haneen I love this! Great essay, best of luck with this competition :)
Will , 12:32pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Amna , 12:25pm on Sep 13th, 2011
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Supreme Post…Tanks 4 sharing!
Prissila , 9:49am on Sep 12th, 2011
AMAAAZING JOB! I didnt know you were so good with words
Aya , 9:48am on Sep 12th, 2011
good luuuuck!
juan , 9:47am on Sep 12th, 2011
(y) :p
Chantelle , 9:47am on Sep 12th, 2011
Well done :)
Steve , 9:28pm on Sep 11th, 2011
Nishat Yasmin , 9:25pm on Sep 11th, 2011
OMG! I didn\\\'t know you\\\'re going to northwestern! So proud of you :) Hope you win an iPhone!
Noora , 9:24pm on Sep 11th, 2011
I love this!
Sawsan , 9:23pm on Sep 11th, 2011
shatoora hanoon
mu , 9:16pm on Sep 11th, 2011
Amazing =D
Mohammad Siyam , 9:14pm on Sep 11th, 2011
mashalla 7anoon allay waf2ek
Mohammad , 9:13pm on Sep 11th, 2011
good work
Michael , 8:53pm on Sep 11th, 2011
Muy bieeeen!
Maria , 8:50pm on Sep 11th, 2011
great work haneen :))
Hallie , 8:48pm on Sep 11th, 2011
Guess those essay writing workshops with me paid off ;)
Janet , 8:42pm on Sep 11th, 2011
Good transitions!
Claire , 8:28pm on Sep 11th, 2011
well done :p
Cam , 8:28pm on Sep 11th, 2011
Great work! I think this really portrays what college is about.
Penny , 6:20pm on Sep 11th, 2011
i decided to use my tweeter again for Haneen!!
emelina soares , 8:08pm on Sep 9th, 2011
wow! i really like this haneen :) good luck, i really hope you win!!!!!! what are the prizes?
mariam , 8:05pm on Sep 9th, 2011
gd job
Shuhda , 8:04pm on Sep 9th, 2011
mashalla hanoon shatoora! enshalla bitfouzi :)
Ariana , 8:03pm on Sep 9th, 2011
HANEEEEN this is amazinggg godo luck!
Allison , 8:02pm on Sep 9th, 2011
You have good english! I hope you win.
Hala , 6:48pm on Sep 9th, 2011
nice workkk
Najwa , 7:29pm on Sep 7th, 2011
good writing, enjoyed reading it!
AJ , 7:04pm on Sep 7th, 2011
good luck haneen =)
amy , 7:03pm on Sep 7th, 2011
love thiissss!
Nisreen , 7:03pm on Sep 7th, 2011
good luck.
aisha , 7:02pm on Sep 7th, 2011
congrats on gettin into nuq! hope you winnnn
Lara , 7:01pm on Sep 7th, 2011
Keep up the good work :)
Aisha , 7:54pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Abdulll , 9:42pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Good luck and nice job.
Noma , 8:24pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Good luck Haneen :)
sarah , 8:11pm on Sep 5th, 2011
omg so good!
Basel , 7:24pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Good job
Flavio , 3:33pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Extremely well written. Good luck :)
Basel , 2:58pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Good job!
Keith D\\\'cunha , 12:40pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Good Job Haneen :)
aya , 12:03am on Sep 3rd, 2011
Reem , 8:16pm on Sep 2nd, 2011
Byanne , 7:21pm on Sep 2nd, 2011
Very nice writing, I hope you have fun being a wildcat ;)
safaa , 6:56pm on Sep 2nd, 2011
well done =D
dana , 6:56pm on Sep 2nd, 2011
wowow ... amazing :DD
Natalie , 3:19am on Sep 2nd, 2011
Great entry ...great writing....keep up the good work here ! :)
Florent , 12:33am on Sep 2nd, 2011
Strengths Quest is AMAZING!

We share positivity and futuristic.

Haneen...word to the wise...apply for LEADERSHAPE. I think you will like it a lot!

Nada , 5:07pm on Sep 1st, 2011
Dhabyah , 4:26pm on Sep 1st, 2011
This is beautifully written and I\\\'m glad to see you have settled in wonderfully!

Hope to read more soon!
Rula , 2:50pm on Sep 1st, 2011
well done :)
Fatima , 2:16pm on Sep 1st, 2011
Wonderfully written. Very impressive.
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