I graduated college with a mixed bag of emotions. While I was happy with my accomplishments, I was terrified of the path that lied ahead. Suddenly, the praise and celebration that once surrounded me became shrouded with questions about my future. What are you going to do with your life? How are you going to support yourself? Fear of the abrupt responsibility took its toll on me, and for several weeks I’d like to say I went through some post graduation blues.

For most of our lives we are caught up in our own thoughts. We are devoured by our own fears and lifted by our own happiness. We are confused by our personal struggles and empowered by how we rise from them. And through this constant and funneled reflection we sometimes lose sight of the problems that surround us. We become so focused on our own story that we forget to hear the stories of those around us. Sometimes it takes something from the outside, something powerful, to change our perspective.

The only thing that has stood in the way of chasing my dreams is my own contemplation. And that is exactly the way it should be. The trepidations that I have are real and scary. But they are also normal and a part of life. What happens in these countries – the torment and religious persecution – is a methodically designed poison created by man to tarnish another. That isn’t normal and that shouldn’t be a part of life. We all deserve a chance to write our own story, regardless of where we’re from or who we choose to call God. No one should have the authority to weigh someone else’s dreams on their own corrupt scale.

That’s why the Noon Project is so important to me. We aren’t innovators creating the new wheel. We aren’t miracle workers trying to change how the world turns. Our only goal is to give back to humanity what it always deserved: the inalienable right to find peace through our own accordance. And when we start using our voices to preach a unified message of love, we’ll soon realize how strong we can really be.


Sam Baskharoun is a recent graduate from New York University and is currently pursuing his passion of creative writing and a future in medicine.