internship gave us the experience of dealing with children, senior
citizens, and the homeless. It was a great way to pay back the
community that we’ve lived in for so long.”
It must be
puzzling to the Jad family living in Saudi Arabia that Manahil
and Moutaz—after 14 years in Southern California—have
become “Manny and Moe.” Their American nicknames make
them sound like a comedy team. Well, they do like to laugh,
and they are definitely a team.
was great doing the internship with my sister,” says ‘Moe’.
“She’s my best friend.”
the only family we have now, here in the States,” adds ‘Manny.’”
“Being here alone has really brought us closer together.”
Moutaz plans on transferring to the film department at USC or
NYU to become a film director. Manahil has her eye on Berkeley
or Georgetown where, she says, “I plan on getting my M.D.
to practice psychology.” This ambitious brother/sister team
has traveled and seen a lot of adventure in their young lives,
including their last trip home. “We arrived in Saudi Arabia
a couple of hours before Saddam invaded Kuwait,” recalls
Manahil. “And it was really intense.” But ‘Manny
and Moe’ also experienced another kind of intensity in their
SMC Summer Internship.
worked at the St. Joseph’s Center with a lot of senior
citizens,” says Moutaz. “We’d take them groceries
and just sit and talk with them. They’re often really neglected
by their families, so they really appreciated our efforts.”
Manahil says that, “I’ve always wanted to volunteer
and the internship propelled me. I feel like I have made a strong
difference in people’s lives. Even if I only helped in small
ways—like helping with children, or with basic needs like
showering or shaving—I felt grateful to be there for them.
In that sense, my internship changed my life.”