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First Impressions

Three weeks ago we said goodbye to summer and hello to a whole new school year. We met new classmates, and reconnected with old friends. Some of us were ready to get back into that old hectic routine, but other’s just wanted to climb back into bed. Personally, I was more than ecstatic to begin my eleventh year; not because I looked forward to learning the Binomial Theorem, but because I was closer to embarking on a journey, that was completely new to me.

Last Friday, GEM held their first meeting at the AGA Khan Museum. Twenty-eight girls showed up, which meant it was a full house. Now although I had a small lost girl moment in the lobby, I got to the designated room on time, and all the other girls made it in as well. I was surprised by the favourable positive atmosphere, which was more than welcoming. I got to say hello to some old friends, but most importantly make new ones.

Top 6 things I loved about the first GEMinar:

  • Speed Dating: Although I’m horrible with names, somehow I managed to remember the names of all three girls I ‘dated’.
  • Snacks: Riding the TTC can be a little hectic, so It’s nice to refuel before starting the meeting.
  • The GEM handbook: The handbook was not only tumblr worthy, but also left us a schedule that we can plan our other events around.
  • The Location: We didn’t get to see much of the museum, but the little we saw had us in ‘awe’.
  • Polaroid’s: Polaroid’s are so “in” right now, and even the girls who hate getting photographed were getting into their photo shoot.
  • Photographs and Videos: Maybe not everyone is into getting snapped when they’re not ready, but at the end, we all will be able to sit back and reminisce about the day we all met.

If that wasn’t enough to make the girls look forward to the next meeting, we also got wonderful Schwartzkopf SWAG. Now thanks to the staff at GEM, not only will we able to get some good life advice, but we’re also going to have flawless hair- even if it is under a hijab.

A lot of people can leave a good first impression, but GEM was able to leave a lasting one.

Tabassum Lakhi is a Creative Writing Intern at GEM and also a GEMgirl.