“At first, I chose St. Kate’s because my sister came here,” says Sadia. “I like how small the class sizes are. It really builds meaningful relationships with professors and friends. One of my professors, the advisor to Nurses of Color, really supported me through being a nurse and a person of color in the program as well as here in Minnesota.”
“I was very quiet in high school. I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone and have a fresh start in college, so I decided to really push myself and get involved. That’s how I became a first-year Student Senate representative my very first fall semester.”
Sadia’s student involvement didn’t stop there. She’s also been a peer mentor for Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) and a student worker in the library. Currently, she is co-chair of Nurses of Color, an academic community strategist in the Center for Women, and an orientation leader for first-years and transfer students.
Additionally, Sadia authored an adaptation to the University’s Religious Holiday Accommodation Policy. As a student who celebrates religious holidays on days when classes are in session at the University, Sadia often felt conflicted about having to decide between her college experience and her faith. “Echoing what other students experienced, I started drafting it [a new religious accommodation policy] up.” It took two years, gaining official approval in November of 2017. The policy now states, “students may observe religious holiday without academic penalty.”
“My hopes? Well to graduate, of course! Get a job as a nurse. I’m not sure what field exactly in nursing, but I’m leaning toward labor and delivery. I do want to go on to get my Doctorate of Nursing. That’s one of my goals. Gotta get those degrees!”
“Claim your education. People have done it before you, people will do it after you, so how are you going to make your mark? I don’t think I can stress that enough. At first, when my professors in TRW [the Reflective Woman core class] said ‘claim your education,’ I was so confused,” reflects Sadia. “Thinking back, you need to attend your classes and if you don’t know something, just ask for help. The O'Neill Center is a great resource.”