'In the midst of all the glamour I hope you find God.'

Mar 28, 2013

Adjusting to College as Hijabi

I went to college and graduated from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD. After high school, unlike many Muslim girls and Hijabis, I moved out from my parents house and moved into what would be my new 'home' for the next four years. I was so thankful that my parents let me gain the full college experience by moving into school and I was so excited to experience this so called 'college life' everyone raved about. I applied to Loyola because of their good accounting program and after I visited the campus and saw how beautiful and home-y it was, I accepted. I didn't think too much about the fact that Loyola is a Jesuit-Catholic school and that I was probably going to be the only Hijabi on campus, I was just excited to start my college experience. Adjusting to College as a Hijabi at a predominately Caucasian school was an experience that I was thankfully able to handle with ease because of the strength of my beliefs. It however isn't that easy for other minorities and I was invited in my Junior and Senior year to speak to the incoming freshman class about my experience with diversity and adjusting to life at Loyola. Here is the video of my speech my Senior year. I hope the advice I gave helped those who were there, and can help those who watch it here. If anyone has any questions about being a Hijabi and adjusting to college or anything like that, please don't hesitate to ask!