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George Rateb

I'm a junior majoring in Economics, Math, and Electrical Engineering because I think they're all interesting and useful, but also because I'm just indecisive to the point of masochism. In my free time, I'm usually playing guitar or piano, at a coffee shop, or hanging out with friends. This summer I'll be conducting economics research at the University College of London.

L's Taken

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"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Microsoft 

  • IBM 

  • Google 

  • Neuralink 

  • SpaceX 

  • Airbnb 

  • Square

5

Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • So many books I started for fun 

  • 2 research projects 

  • Start-up ideas that never took flight 

  • Literally ever going to office hours 

  • Organizing my Spotify

7

Everyday L's of life

  • My sleep schedule 

  • Drinking more coffee than water 

  • Every email and text I forgot to respond to 

  • The number of times I've set off my fire alarm 

  • Every drink I've spilled on my clothes, and every carpet I've stained doing so 

  • Every time I've had to leave and come back to my apartment because I forgot something 

  • Walking in late too class with an iced coffee in hand

On the Bright Side

12

Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Stargazing with friends into the middle of the night 

  • Spontaneous trips to the mountains 

  • Crying from laughing too hard with friends 

  • Playing soccer on sunny days with friends on the quad 

  • Making terrible yet beautiful music with friends 

  • Deep conversations with friends 

  • Being there for the people closest to me in life 

  • Discovering Durham and all it has to offer 

  • Building community at the nonprofit I was involved in 

  • Cookout <3 

  • Road-tripping to New Hampshire 

  • Looking forward to weekly Bojangles and 2K with my roommate

6

Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • Your thoughts and beliefs have a profound impact on your reality 

  • Saying no can be hard, but necessary 

  • It's okay if it doesn't work out... life moves on, and you'll find something better 

  • Paying attention to self care is so important 

  • Set aside time for yourself 

  • Make your decisions based on your own morals and preferences

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TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

7

Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume

  • The friends I've made 

  • The experiences I've had 

  • The music I've discovered and made 

  • The growth and self discovery I've experienced in myself 

  • My 2K record 

  • Committing to learning to skate and play guitar successfully 

  • The volunteer tutoring I've done

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Unconventional skills

0

Quirks that make me who I am

15

Small joys in my life

  • The smell of coffee in the morning 

  • When you're around friends and take a moment to notice how happy you are 

  • Finding a good song and putting it on repeat 

  • Running into friends when you don't expect to 

  • Sharing a fun moment with a stranger

  • My room decorations 

  • The breeze in my face on a sunny day 

  • Blasting music in the car on a warm summer night 

  • Waking up before my alarm goes off 

  • Good ice cream 

  • Not having any clothes in the hamper 

  • When a friend you haven't seen in a while asks to reconnect 

  • Being on the same wavelength as somebody else 

  • Reminiscing over old photos/videos 

  • Compliments from strangers

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Obstacles I have overcome

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Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone

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Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight

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Leaps of Faith

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Life events that have made me stronger

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