Before going off on our scavenger hunt, Hana, Sarah and I posed for a quick selfie. Game on!
Professor Fox spotted my group members and I strategising - the three of us were huddled around Hana's phone. The division of labour (I guess learnt a thing or two from economics after all) was as follows; I'd be taking down notes of what our interviewees said, the three of us would compile a tweet based on the information, then Hana would send it off using her Twitter account.
Menna was the first person we approached, and she was extremely friendly! She was curious and eager to help. We wanted to know about how she got a hold of her news and whether social media played a role in the process.
Next, we spoke to Omar, Sarah's younger brother. He was also willing to help and gave us some insight into his news gathering habits.
After hearing from fellow students, we moved to the professors. We wanted to hear their thoughts on the ways in which social media affects social change - if at all. After giving it some thought, we decided to first approach a professor of mass communication, seeing as this is amongst their areas of expertise. Professor Hussein Amin provided us with some extremely interesting and thought provoking insight into the world of social media as it relates to societies. We spent about 15 minutes in his office, my fingers typing away the entire time. Unfortunately, due to the Twitter's character limit, we were only able to tweet out a condensed version of his words.
After speaking to a mass communication professor, we decided to mix it up a little and see how different minds thought. Architecture professor Nagwa Sherif shared the same sentiments as Professor Amin. Much like Professor Amin, she also dedicated a good portion of her free time to answering our questions as best she could, for which we were extremely grateful!
Our next task was to show how our university contributes to cutting edge research and academics. This was perhaps my favourite task. I was amazed at the resources my university has, and surprised that I knew so little about them. Although a physics teacher's assistant explained the functions the Spinatory serves as simply as she could for me, I still didn't quite understand how it works. Physics isn't my thing, but I definitely found what little I did understand fascinating.
This was another example of the incredible facilities AUC has available for its students. Using Vine to compile a few short shots together, we were able to capture an engine at work.
Here was a little known fact I learnt during my freshman year when I took an egyptology course. AUC's Rare Books and Special Collections Library is actually home to one of the very first editions of Napoleon's Description de l'Égypte. The librarians were kind enough to allow me through to take a picture of the bookcase that houses this book, amongst many others!
I was fascinated to learn about AUC's very impressive architecture - another little known fact about the university!