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My Internship with Blank Slate Media
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Last summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at Blank Slate Media, a newspaper publication company on Long Island. I gained invaluable experience in research, crafting news stories and features, and interviewing sources. By the end of the summer, I had 26 articles published in local Long Islands newspaper and online. To read a few of the articles I wrote during my internship,...

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VirtualMosque.com: Jumping to Conclusions
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Because I have had various opportunities to travel to many countries around the world, I have had some very interesting experiences.  Traveling as hijabi has opened my eyes to the misconceptions about Islam in different countries and cultural atmospheres. When I visited Greece for the first time a few years ago, I had recently began wearing hijab. One woman’s reaction led me to realize that...

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Survival of the Hardworking Charity Anthology
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Through the SISTERS Magazine network, last year I was made aware of a project that one of the copy writers was attempting to carry out. In order to help Syrian citizens and refugees in neighboring countries, she wanted to put together an anthology of poems and fiction short stories written by Muslim authors from around the world. Instead of the writers being paid for...

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VirtualMosque.com: Going Back to School
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One of the hardest days since I became a hijabi was the first day of eleventh grade. It was the first time that everyone at school would see me in a hijab and it was something that most people were not expecting. I was also the only hijabi, which made me feel 10 times more self-conscious. Because it was such an important day that molded...

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VirtualMosque.com: From Sweet 16 to Hijabi before 16
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My first writing endeavor ever was an article I wrote for virtualmosque.com. In July 2012, four days after my first day wearing hijab, my aunt sent me a link to that website where they were asking for submissions. The quality of writing of every article looked professional, and I never believed any of my writing could be published there, especially at the age of 15. However,...

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