Personal

My favorite quotes:

“I’‘d like to add some beauty to life, I don’t exactly want to make people KNOW more… though I know that IS the nobelest ambition… but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me… to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born” L.M.Montgomery

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

My Family

I have a younger brother Milad who is studying mechanical engineering at Tehran University at the moment. My dad is a Professor at Tehran University and my mum is a High school chemistry teacher. If you are interested, she will be presenting a paper in BCCE on July, 30th at Penn State University on Issues on Teaching and Learning in the Chemistry Laboratory. Most of my family like my uncles Ahmad Arzani, Nasser Arzani and Kazem Arzani are in academia. So you can imagine how it was growing up right? Nah! I’‘m kidding, the only problem is that now all us kids are in academia as well. Don’‘t believe me? Meet my cousins: Ali Arzani, Amir Arzani.

Hobbies

History: I have started to take courses in history as a hobby. One such course is offered in Coursera “The French Revolution” by Peter Macphee of the University of Melbourne. The other I am auditing next semester is HIST 083 Diplomacy in the Middle East at Penn’’s History department.

I love to read: Have you ever heard of goodreads.com? If you haven’‘t and you like reading, try it. Here, is a list of books I have read and what I thought of them. Just so you know my favorite book among these is Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery.

I play music! What I play is called the Santour, if you have never heard it, this is what it sounds like, and this is a close up

I like to write: When I was in high school I wrote a novel, you can download it here. The title is “Where Dreams Never End” and its about a girl who is very much in love with Anne Shirley, and finds out that somehow she is managing to screw up her life trying to be like her.

Not often but sometimes, I play sports But not the kind where you have to do too much work. I sometimes swim, and I also love to play chess.

Soccer

I support the Portugal soccer team, (other than Iran, obviously). The team has had many awesome players, Louis Figo, Roy Casta, Nono Gomezh, Ricardo Carvalho and others.