I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and lived there until I was 16, after which I moved to a small village in Italy called Duino. Living with people from 80 different countries was an incredible experience, and the lessons I learned are priceless. I had many opportunities to travel and I’m very privileged to have visited 24 countries across 4 continents. Going to these places showed me a new, positive side of them and broke down the stereotypes I believed. I loved the freedom I had in Duino, I think it made me grow into a very independent and resilient person which is something I never would’ve accomplished if my beliefs weren’t challenged every day.
Diversity and inclusion were important aspects of my college decision, and Lewis & Clark seemed to embody both quite well. I was very excited by the range of clubs and activities that LC offers and its proximity to downtown Portland was a plus. I love portrait photography, thrift-shopping, skateboarding and painting, and I’m glad I can continue them at LC. Coding, learning languages and MUN are some of my academic interests. I’m leaning towards a major in Rhetoric and Media Studies because I would like to pursue a career in marketing. Something interesting about me is that I’ve always loved to start small businesses and the first one was a home-bakery that I started when I was 11.
I’m very eager to explore Portland and go on CO trips, and make these next years as exciting and fruitful as I can. I hope that at LC I can find a community with my peers and professors and make a home in the Pacific Northwest.