September 9: In Class Writing – groupwork

Amani Hayat, Ruby Gilles, Sabrina Cha

We chose a speech by Malala Youefazi, where she spoke about the importance of peace, dignity, opportunity, and education for all. Malala is an inspiration to the youth, but especially young girls. She advocates that young girls’ voices should be heard and inspires girls to never give up. She shows how women are strong and can bounce back from anything, and uses her platform to empower equality. She shows shares her message to empower the youth in her speech when she says: “so here I stand, one girl among many. I speak not for myself, but for all girls and boys. I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights: Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.” (Malala Yousefazi).


In the speech, we didn’t detect any ethos or logos, but we were able to identify pathos.

“So here I stand, one girl among many.”  Malala uses her emotional and personal connections to empower others and this a perfect example of pathos.


September 2: In-class Writing

When reading my responses compared to my peers I noticed many similarities. I read Ruby’s response and  the similarities I noticed include:

  • we both described what ethos is.
  • we both talked about trust and how a strong ethos gives better credibility
  • we both gave examples.

With these similarities, there were also a few differences. These differences include:

  • she gave examples from the text and elaborated on it.

We both had our own individual perspectives and gave similar messages in different ways.


August 31 Free Writing

I have always loved to travel. I find something about going to new places and seeing different cultures to be so exciting. When I was younger my dad used to tell me stories about the different places he’s been to and that is something that made me want to see more in the world.

My mom was born in a different country and she moved to America at the age of 18 after she got married to my dad. She has gotten to experience two totally different lifestyles and learned so much from both of them. I feel like you can learn so much by seeing different lifestyles. I have visited Pakistan a few times to visit my mom’s family, and they do everything so differently, which is so interesting to see.

We took rickshaws to get to some places but my family over there had personal drivers, which is crazy to me. I never knew that it was common for people to have a driver in Pakistan. We went to visit different sites and the streets were so lively in the best way possible. I saw little kids running around with their friends, Adults were having street food while shopping and everyone looked so happy.



  1. Beginning- talk about traveling, how it has inspired me and why I want to travel more
  2. Middle- talk about why I think traveling is important and something everyone should experience at some point in their life.
  3. End- experiences that have taught me something while traveling
  • When talking about the kids running put a picture of the kids running
  • pictures of the rickshaws, the people shopping, and other famous attractions.
  • pictures of places I’ve been to that relate to what I have learned from those places and experiences.
  • pictures of different cultures that show their uniqueness.



Meaning of Name


My full name is Amani Saher Hayat. My first name comes from Persian origin and means “hopes, wishes, and aspirations”. My middle name Saher is originated from Arabian and means “Dawn/the first light of day”.  My last name is an Arabic word and it means “Life”.  My parents decided this name for me since I am there first child, they have many hopes and wishes for me, so they thought that this would be the perfect name for me. I have never been embarrassed by my first name, but for a while, I was embarrassed by my middle name, but I got over it after a while. I now love my middle name and think the meaning behind it is amazing. I have never changed my name and never wanted to change my name. I think my name is unique and I know my parents were deciding between a few different names, but I am glad they chose Amani.



Hi, my name is Amani Hayat. I am from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.  Palos Verdes is known for being so close to the beach along with the peacocks that are everywhere. I am an economics major and am very excited to be at USF. I enjoy going on hikes, bike rides and seeing new places. I love to bake and cook. I definitely do more baking than cooking and some of my favorite things would be Macaroons and Souffles. I love to travel and hope to spend a semester abroad. I have been to China, Dubai, Pakistan, and France. Each place was so different and I had such an amazing time seeing how different their lifestyle was in those different areas. I hope in the future I can travel more.


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