Shabia (Pia) Furkan was an Undergraduate Scholar in 2014 when she interned for the Women’s Action for New Directions.
Where are you from?
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I studied government and sociology at the Smith College.
What was the best part of your internship?
My favorite part of the internship was being able to go to committee hearings.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
I learned that you do not have to sacrifice part of your identity or your beliefs to live and work in DC—you will meet people like you who appreciate you and your thoughts.
What are you doing now?
I am graduated in May and am currently looking for a job.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I want to be a sociology professor in 10 years.
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
My favorite book at the moment is Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire After 9/11 by Sunaina Maira. This book in part inspired my thesis on Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants’ experiences in the U.S.
Tell us a fun fact!
I just learned how to swim this past semester. I went from being extremely afraid of the water and not being able to float without holding onto the pool wall or lane line in the 4-feet of water in the shallow end to jumping off the 3-meter diving board in the 13-feet deep end in one semester. It’s one of my proudest accomplishments.