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S: Who Am I? by Alia Al-Kasimi, Stern MBA Application, November 2010

FC: Who am I?

1: The Secret Recipe of My Personality | 1- One pound of Diversity, 2- Two cups of Passion, 3- Three heaping tablespoons of Friendship, 4- A splash of Creativity Mix well to get the essence of who I am... | Warm 28 yrs Unlimited | Alia Al-Kasimi

2: T | With an Iraqi father and a Moroccan mother, I can not help but believe that diversity is an essential element of the modern world. I fell in love and married a man who is Indian and Hindu. Back home, this choice for a Muslim woman was considered not only a religious suicide, but also a social one. Nevertheless, strolling the streets hand-in-hand with my husband, I am proud to contribute to the melting-pot that is America. | One Pound of Diversity

3: I speak fluent Arabic, French, and English. Discovering a new country is on my yearly to-do list, and so far my favorite moments have included: Austria: Visiting Mozart's house. India: Riding an autoriksha & learning Bollywood dance moves. France: Climbing the 600 stairs of the Eiffel Tour. Belgium: Rowing in the canals of the historic city of Bruges. Netherlands: Visiting the Anne Frank House My memories also stretch over Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and numerous U.S. states!

4: Two cups of Passion | For me food is more than a nourishing substance to sustain life; it is a profound reflection of who we are, both personally and culturally. Flavors and aromas hold the key to our past. If you have experienced a rush of memories while savoring your childhood food, then you know how these recollections are more visceral than those triggered by other senses. Food is art, history, and culture all combined together into a unique creation that one can physically experience. Even when geographical, political, or religious divisions may appear insurmountable, a fusion dish proves that harmony is possible. I am passionate about food for what it represents, its ability to speak about people and cultures, and bring them together; this is what I want to convey to the world by becoming the "Ambassador of Moroccan Cuisine".

5: "You should know that after ordering your book, our life completely changed. My American wife of 10 years who had always been intimidated by Moroccan cooking made Harira the other day, then Harcha, then Bastilla. I am in culinary heaven thanks to you." Khalid Gourad, Editor, Wafin.com | "Thanks Alia! You make me feel proud to be Moroccan" mustbe1978 | "I am a Swedish woman married to a Moroccan man for 4 years now and neither of us have been able to make good Moroccan food until we found your webpage. We both love the food, its simple and so good. My husband is so happy now that he is just shining." Maria Guellil | "My ex-husband was from Morocco, so my 3-year-old daughter Sofia is a beautiful Moroccan princess [...] I was so happy to hear about your cooking website so I can refresh my Moroccan cooking skills and learn some new recipes to teach her about half of herself [...] Thank you for helping me teach little Sofia where she comes from." Sam Farr | Collage made by one of my viewers

6: Three Heaping Tbsp of Friendship | My family, friends, and community are extremely important in my life. They are the armor that makes me feel invincible, the treasure that I will always cherish, and the essence that defines my being. | My Father, my everything | My Friends, my joy | My Community, my inspiration

7: Anna Duhamel NYU MBA '11 | Louisa & Sudhir Tauro NYU MBA '10 | Sean Lu NYU MBA '10 | Amit Rao (my husband) NYU MBA '10

8: Finish off with a Splash of Creativity | Two of my paintings were used as book covers for Arabic literary books. | Since my childhood, painting and music were my alternate mode of expression. When my high school friends were planning the "coolest" parties, I was practicing the "coolest" 19th century Sonatas for my piano competitions. As for painting, my professor taught me unconventional ways to paint with my fingers rather than brushes, to create amazing horizons and skies. | Since my childhood, painting and music were my alternate mode of expression. When my high school friends were planning the "coolest" parties, I was practicing the "coolest" 19th century Sonatas for my piano competitions. As for painting, my professor taught me unconventional ways to paint with my fingers rather than brushes, to create amazing horizons and skies. | Since my childhood, painting and music were my alternate modes of expression. When my high school friends were planning the "coolest" parties, I was practicing the "coolest" 19th century Sonatas for my piano competitions. As for painting, I learned unconventional ways to paint with my fingers rather than brushes, to create amazing horizons and skies.

9: Flavors of Morocco | Enclosed | I continue to use my creativity as a tool to convey my passion for food to the rest of the world, from shooting & editing weekly cooking videos and authoring a book on Moroccan cuisine, to working with designers to create logo and packages for my company. At this point, I know than an MBA from NYU will teach me ways to reach those amazing horizons and skies.

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