As a black, Muslim, first generation American woman living in the United States, I feel fortunate to have all of these different identities because it has contributed tremendously to my sense of awareness and open mindedness. Co-founding an international organization, the Women’s Relief Initiative, along with four other UT students during my freshman year of college was one of the most interesting and humbling experiences I have ever had. My first study abroad experience to Cape Town, South Africa during the summer of my freshman year was also a memorable experience that I will always cherish. I like to spend my free time contributing to much-needed societal changes. When I’m not in class or at work, I volunteer at the Texas Appleseed Public Justice Center, where I use my talent for writing and passion for politics to spread awareness of social and economic inequality issues by issuing articles, blogs, and press releases for the not-for-profit center. I also regularly volunteer at Casa Marianella immigrant shelter, where the mission is to provide food, security, education, and opportunity to immigrant asylum-seekers who were turned away at the border.