Author: Muna Matouq

Boarding as a Senior

Becoming a boarder is a recent thought, I thought about it seriously in my junior year. For anyone, who uses transportation in the streets of Jordan, would know the struggle of commuting every day. The traffic throughout the day, and especially during the morning; who doesn’t remember taking a tardy, and trying to talk to Ms. Farah. And of course, one cannot forget what Jordan is known for, which are the high-street bumps that are present on every street yet you don’t notice it until you feel your head bumping on the roof of the car. You can tell commuting is hard in Jordan. That is when I finally got fed up with the amount of time that I am wasting from being a day student. Hence, the decision of seeking the opinion of boarders in the school. Let me tell you what I heard, many told me about the food, as expected, and how even dinner is based on routine. They told me about the lack of freedom, where there is study hall, check-in …

Two Parts Becoming a Whole

I’ve never been quite at ease with the fact that I’m both Japanese and Jordanian. From not being able to speak Arabic when I first came to Jordan, and having this proven by my first-grade teacher (who told me that I would never be able to speak or write Arabic), to the relentless Fridays of each week, when I had to go to a Japanese school in Amman; or the occasional looks I get in Japan, because I do not quite look like the other Japanese people, especially where my grandmother lives, in a suburb where people are not used to seeing many foreigners.

The old heritage of King’s Academy

The first thing that you see when you arrive at King’s is of course the wall. But, as you drive through towards the middle school, and once you park, you would walk through the olive trees. Giving a shade over you; acting as a protector from the heat of the sun. You will feel refreshed and alive when you look at its wrinkled and twisted trunk. A feeling of strength would pass through you, when you see it standing tall, even with holes in its trunk. Everyone knows what an olive tree is. Especially if you are living in the Middle East. But, what many might not know is its history. Olive trees spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine. Its cultivation can be found in many cultures; including Greek, and Egyptian. To give you a perspective of its age, olive trees were grown before the first written language even existed. Olive trees have a special value for some religions. It is used for baptism in Christianity, and prophet Mohammad considered olive trees to be blessed, …