the environment with possibilities
Syracuse University's efforts towards enhancing multicultural affairs is what influenced me to apple. Coming from a multicultural background, it's important that whichever institute I consider, also considers me. I was born in Columbus, Ohio, raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and originally from Karachi, Pakistan. I believe everyone deserves equal respect and opportunity no matter their race, religion, gender, or social class. Unfortunately, the environment I grew up in was unsupportive of my values. Job offerings were tendentious, schools were segregated, and most religious institutes, including those within the realm of the predominant religion, were banned. Personally, I spent most of my Thursdays awaiting a text from an appointed messenger informing me where the next Friday sermon would take place. It was held in a different location every week since my community's version of Islam was not acceptable in the country. Luckily however, after attending one of SU's diversity sessions for new students, I found my values reflected at Syracuse University. All the clubs, organizations, and events directed towards promoting inclusivity at Syracuse are exactly what I had been looking for! At Syracuse, I see myself being part of the MLLC and attending C.A.R.E dialogue circles. I wish to encourage multicultural competence and interfaith dialogue while expressing myself in ways most true to myself. Whether it may be my studies in Human Development or just watching one of Syracuse's many basketball games, I believe that Syracuse can give me the right environment to do what I previously could not, to help grow my interests.