What are you up to right now and for the summer? What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically?
I'll be at Harvard next year, so I'm planning on relaxing with my family before going off to college. This summer, I'm also attending the Gates Scholarship conference and heading to Washington D.C. for the U.S. Presidential Scholars ceremony. I may pick up a job for some experience when I get back.
Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar cohort, and if so — how?
Yes! We talk all the time in a groupchat, and I've also been messaging some individual members too.
Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
“Muhammad Walks” by Lupe Fiasco is a pretty powerful song. In a time where Islamophobia runs rampant, Lupe used his art form in a way to advocate for his community that many others don’t take. It's a powerful exploration of Islam and a preaching of values in an informed reproduction of “Jesus Walks”.
Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now?
Ramadan. Fasting for the past month has given me a glimpse into the lives of those whose daily struggles far surpass the 16 hour fasts I can hardly endure, and it also urges me to act with good character. A desire to work towards helping others energizes me, and I’m glad Ramadan has spiritually rejuvenated me.