Civil war around me and the joy of studying at AUB were two contradictions I had to make peace with. I got used to the fear of fighting and killing around me. I faced death many time although I never participated in the civil war. AUB was my sanctuary. I got a room in the dorms, Penrose 613, with a good friend named Hassan Bsat who was studying nursing. I joined Cine Club and I discovered the beautiful world of cinema critique and beauty of cinematography. Thanks to Bassam Nassar who had the passion to create a club which made me meet many of my best friends. One of them was Rima. War, Cine Club and Rima made my studies suffer for a while.