Student Spotlight, May 2013
Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy graduate student Nazia Khan’s commitment to family and community inspires her to realize her full potential. After emigrating from Pakistan at a young age, she became the first in her family to get into a graduate program; now she tries to set an example for others by getting the most out of her college experience.
Her drive to be involved led her to create a schedule that most college students would consider daunting. She divides her day into morning for classes, midday for work, and evening for study. After every assignment is entered into her calendar, she figures out what free time she has left to complete her other obligations and volunteer. For Nazia, making time to volunteer is important because it helps her focus on things she doesn’t learn in the classroom. To her, volunteering is something you have to experience to really understand and use to build on personal experiences and grow from them. As a volunteer, Nazia has been a part of Sac State Serves (Ronald McDonald House, Halloween Haunt, and Flapjack 5k) and winter 2011 Alternative Break.
Nazia also serves as manager of 65th Street Corridor Project, a Service Learning experience in which students from Sac State tutor and mentor 7-12th grade students at two nearby schools. During the fall 2012 semester, 6 Ethnic Studies and Psychology courses took part in the 65th Street Corridor project, in which students contributed 648 hours of service. Working with 65thStreet Corridor Project has taught Nazia that, “The community has a huge impact on the student [as an] individual … because this is where we live. What we do in our community is how we will be seen in our future.” She hopes that the program will expand to more schools as well as include a variety of cultural events.
With all that she does, there is no doubt that Nazia is making an impact. The one she considers most important is the one she makes on her family and community, an impact that she wasn’t fully aware of until they started seeking advice from her about pursuing higher education. After she graduates in spring of 2014, she plans to advance her education in a PhD clinical program so that she can continue to be a positive role model and work with children and families from minority ethnic groups.
Contributed by M. Hardy and A. Hamilton
Each year, more than two thousand Sacramento State students, faculty, staff, and alumni participate in programs and projects sponsored by Community Engagement Center. Programs such as Alternative Break, Sac State Serves, and Service Learning fulfill our mission to facilitate learning and engagement by linking campus and community for mutual benefit. Through Spotlight, Community Engagement Center will highlight outstanding individuals and programs advancing community engagement in the Sacramento region.
last updated: 10/7/2013