Age: 21

“Roba Al-Assi is an art student at the University of Jordan who loves Warhol, tennis shoes, and any unique spin on an old design. With an enthusiasm for colour and design that is contagious, she inspires her readers to be on the lookout for something new in the mindane. Roba’s fountain of effervescent energy affects every medium she touches, especially when the caffeine is flowing.”

That’s what one of the pages of April’s Viva Magazine reads, written by long-time Jordan Planet reader, soon-to-be-blogger, and now, friend, Kinzi.

It was such an interesting experience reading something written about you when as perceived by someone else when you spend so much time writing about others. I love tennis shoes. I love Warhol. I love a new touch to a vintage design. How true! Kinzi also writes about how as a child, I used to imitate my favorite childhood series (“The Baby Sitters Club”), something I have never ever told anyone prior to talking to Kinzi.

The article also has my age- 21, something I have basically refused to tell anyone because Arabs generally don’t take young people seriously, and I didn’t want to be brushed off as “just another Westernized kid with too many opinions”.

But here you go, what should belong in the “About Me” for those who need it: I’m a 21-year-old, liberal, feminist kid “badaye3 7ayati” studying Fine Arts and Design. My paternal family is from Nables, a Palestinian town famous for soap and desserts. I was born in Amman, Jordan in a startling summer day on July 30th, 1985 (making me a Leo, whose ruling planet, the sun, is not a planet at all, but actually the center of the solar system, and I don’t mention this because I believe in astrology, because I don’t, I just like the fact that I’m a roaring lioness). I love how both Nables, where my roots stem, and Amman, which I associate myself with, are mountainous towns, thus somehow making me a mountain girl. Cool, eh?

My family moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when I was 4 or something and that’s where I had a fantastic yet fake compound life amongst Riyadh’s Western culture. I moved back to Jordan late in 2003 to attend JU (which is not the most fantastic educational institute in the world but it’s been an interesting experience nevertheless), and I will be graduating in a year or so. I don’t think I want to do higher education because my attention span is literally around 30 seconds so it’s just much easier for me to learn on my own.

I’m really opinionated, quite skeptical, and I’m also pro-globalization, pro-capitalism, and anti-extremism. I consider myself a social person, although I have a very hard time getting close to people.

Ok. I think that was the first time that I wrote a string of factoids about me on this blog, and pehaps it was influenced by a conversation I had with Lina and Hala yesterday evening.

Sometimes, I wish I was anonymous.

(random fact for the none-Arabs: my last name, Al-Assi, literally translates to “the disobedient”)

(Other awesome bloggerettes were featured in the Viva article, namely Salam Najjar, Khalidah Mufleh, Lina Ejeilat, and Tololy. What can I say? Girl power! I think the issue should be available for another week or so, so if you’re really interested, go ahead and buy it, and maybe even send a letter to the editor about how much you loved the feature ;) )