Nushrat Rahman English Honors, 2018

Nushrat Rahman <i>English Honors, 2018</i>

Your name, major and year of graduation

Nushrat Rahman, English Honors, 2018

What are you involved in at Wayne State?

Outside of my academic life, I'm involved as a community organizer in Southwest Detroit. I'm interested in how art intersects with social justice, and how it can be used as a medium for social and cultural movements. Because of this interest, I've had the opportunity to co-curate an art gallery in Hamtramck about Muslim-American identity.

How has Honors prepared you for your accomplishments?

Honors encourages students to take that extra step forward in enriching their college experience. I feel as though Honors prepares students to be self-motivated learners who find education inside and outside of the classroom.
A sense of community has allowed me to understand the city I was born and raised in from alternative and varying perspectives (e.g. historically).

Commitment to service has intertwined a sense of community with a desire to collaborate in social service efforts in my own city. As a sophomore, I took my first sociology class. But I put the terms and concepts I learned into practice by turning that class into a service learning option and volunteering at a local social services organization. Research in my junior year has tuned me into a world of collaboration, grit, and perseverance. And as I delve into my senior year, career planning will be informed by the above three: community, service, and research.

How has your major shaped your career path?

I'm interested in pursuing a career in publishing. As an English Honors major, I truly feel as I am pursuing a level of higher education through critical thinking and problem solving. Taking a diverse array of English classes—relating to various narratives all understood through the lens of literature—allows my world view to be broadened, and as a result, my sense of empathy. Reading critically and then writing, through synthesis, strengthens my analytical muscles. I’ve found that English, as a major, is intersectional in many ways, and in its diversity it is preparing me for a career in the expression of eccentric narratives, all unique and all open to be heard. As a Sociology minor, understanding privileges, social systems, and behaviors forges, in my mind and actions, a sense of critical cognizance. In this way, I am developing an awareness of myself in relation to the diverse people around me, and this will influence my professional goals of inclusion in literature, such that it reflects the diverse ways of being human

How has your perception of Detroit changed since attending WSU?

I'm a born and raised Detroiter. Attending WSU has allowed to me understand "my backyard" in varying perspectives, the most enlightening of which is the historical one. Learning about the past decades that forged Detroit, in a classroom within the city itself, is an enriching and uniquely WSU experience. My perception of Detroit hasn't changed so much has its been enhanced and more richly developed.

Tell us about your experience with an internship, service or a research project.

Along with three other peers and an Honors faculty member, I had the opportunity to work on a research project in my Junior year relating to cultural sustainability. During this semester long project, we researched and wrote about American pride and how a reorientation of this concept can foster tolerance and pluralism.