Shifting Sands.

I have shared with you the fact that my nephew’s daughter was accepted to the School of Journalism at UCLA, with a full scholarship. I now want to share with you the article that she had written at her undergraduate degree class in India. This article, titled “Shifting Sands” was written about the Syrian Refugee Crises. Her college liked it a lot and sent it on to New Delhi to some government office, who turned it to The UN Office, who in turn passed it on to UCLA Journalism school.

UCLA sent her an email at the end of January, inviting her to the school as a graduate student. She thought it was a hoax, and did not respond. Two weeks later in the middle of the night in India, she received a call from the Dean of the School in LA, asking her to kindly consider her attending the school of journalism with a full scholarship. She ran into her parents bedroom and told them the news, and they talked to the Dean, and needless to say, they were happy that she was offered such a chance in such a prestigious University.

Everything after that was a whirlwind of activity. They all went on their annual winter vacation to different countries in Europe, returned home and finally made it to California on the 14th of September. We met up with her and her parents on the 16th and stayed at the Beverly Wilshire  A Four Seasons Hotel till the 25th. She found a condo for herself across the campus, (not cheap by any stretch of imagination), and we got her settled in.
I want to share with my readers the essay that she wrote. There are a couple of typos, and I am so proud that this young girl wrote it so well. More power to her, is what I say.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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7 Responses to Shifting Sands.

  1. slmret says:

    It’s beautifully written, Zakiah — well worthy of the UCLA honors she has already received. She has a strong future as a journalist, an international figure, whatever she wants to do!

  2. This essay is filled with humaneness and says some truths to not forget .
    Your niece is talented and sensible, Zakiah.
    Love ❤

  3. Awesomeness. Congrats to such a talented young lady.

  4. murisopsis says:

    She has talent and vision! I’m glad she was recognized. Surely she will do great things!!

  5. I agree with all of the comments above. Her parents must be so proud of her. I hope she will do well at UCLA and build on her talents.

  6. Congratulations to Shagufta! 🙂
    What an amazing, powerful essay! It touched my heart! I have tears in my eyes.
    Henry Luce said, “I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” Good journalism can inform people, educate people, challenge people and change people for the better! We need good journalists, like Shagufta, today! I wish her the very best in her studies and in her life! 🙂

  7. Wow! She’s quite a writer! Congrats to her! She’s going to school at my home! I miss it there in LA County as I’ve moved many miles to NorCal. I am in awe of her talent and very happy for her and her family!!!!

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