Muskan

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Hi! My name is Muskan and I am an Indian American Sikh living in Detroit, Michigan. I love dancing Gidda because it genuinely brightens my day and makes me happy. Painting and art are a huge stress reliever for me and help me clear my thoughts. One thing I absolutely adore doing is talking about controversial topics because it helps me realize that everyone has a voice. Fear is a huge factor for all of us but once we allow that to fade away, we find our own opinionated views and our voice. I am currently a senior in college (thank God- almost done!). I am a Public Health and Gender, Sex, and Women Studies major and some things I am passionate about is sexism, gender differences, sexuality brutality, and other important issues our society faces. I feel like these discussions and career as a whole have really shaped who I am today

In a school where I was so different, I was shy and kept to myself at first. My mom was the one who really pushed me out of my comfort zone and put me in soccer, basketball and so on.

When I was a child, I went to a very “white” school. I was the only brown girl which really stood out to a lot of people. Kids would ask me “What are you?” which would always aggravate me and get me thinking, what do you mean?? Who are YOU? In a school where I was so different, I was shy and kept to myself at first. My mom was the one who really pushed me out of my comfort zone and put me in soccer, basketball and so on. Her pushing me into these areas allowed me to develop social skills and make friends. I think it’s because of her that I was able to make as many friends as I did. Eventually I began to pride myself in being different and carrying my culture with me. I knew all these dances no one else in the school knew such as bhangra and Gidda. My outfits were unique, my culture was unlike anyone else’s. Now when we put these dresses up, people from all races are intrigued by it, but even back then I felt confident in my identity and for that I am very grateful.

Some positive female role models in my professional career would have to be Michelle Obama and Blake Lively. Michelle Obama is one of the most outspoken women I have seen and I look up to her because she is not fearful of anything. I find Blake Lively to be very inspiring as well because I watched a video of her taking a stance against child sexual predators. She was apart of this operation to help raise awareness. In the video I watched, there was a live monitor in which a dot would go up every time a sexual predator was caught. I felt like she was one of the few celebrities with all this money, power, and fame who used it for something important and good. I really look up to her for that reason.

I feel like in today’s day and age women are always double and triple guessing themselves. It’s also so interesting, because you really find that men don’t care.

I feel like in today’s day and age women are always double and triple guessing themselves. It’s also so interesting, because you really find that men don’t care. They just do what they want to do while we think, and think, and then think some more. The reason why we think so much, in my opinion, is because we are taught so many do’s and don’ts from a young age while boys are not. We limit ourselves because of our upbringing and have less confidence as a result.

My words of wisdom to other women out there would be to be true to yourself. No matter WHO points fingers at you, if you are a good person and honest, stick to your choices. When you point fingers at other people, you lose confidence and dignity, so don’t sink to other people’s levels, especially if it is another woman trying to bring you down or gossip about you. Don’t think twice in believing in yourself because chances are, the first time you think something or trust your gut you were right.

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