|(from left) Mohammed Almashhadani, Rula Issa, Masum Rumi at Eid al Adha celebration|
I am a Sociology and International Affairs double major. I'm originally from Bosnia but have been living in Ohio.
Why/how did you end up at Skidmore?
I ended up at Skidmore because of the Opportunity Program.
What convinced you to join Hayat and later E-board?
I am Muslim and joining Hayat was a way for me to have a safe space at Skidmore to talk about issues and to find people that have the same experiences as me.
What is Hayat's goal on campus?
Our goal is to promote the cultures surrounding the Middle East, Northern Africa, and South Asia. We hold events such as lectures and movie screenings. We celebrate certain holidays and traditions from these areas such as Diwali and Eid al Adha. We also dialogue about current issues surrounding Islam and conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia as well.
How does Hayat relate to your identity here at Skidmore? Does it help, does it make you question your identity, solidify or make your identity stronger?
Hayat relates to my identity, because I am Middle Eastern and I am Muslim as well. By being at Skidmore, which is a predominantly White school, I already question my identity a lot. Hayat gives me a space where I can connect with people who share the same experiences as I do, and Hayat helps me feel more comfortable with my identity.
What is your favorite Hayat event and why?
I think my favorite Hayat event is the Eid al Adha celebration we did at the beginning of last semester. It's my favorite event because it was our first event that we threw this academic year. It was also very successful! Personally I enjoyed the event a lot, because I was not able to celebrate Eid for such a long time. So having the opportunity to celebrate it at Skidmore was so great. (Check out the Event Highlight of Eid Dinner that Hayat hosted last semester. Click HERE!)
What are some Hayat's future plans?
We plan on holding more events like lectures, such as a talk on what is Islam or about current issues in the Middle East or South Asia.
What other clubs/activities on campus are you involved in?
I was also an active member of United Minds, which is another OSDP club.
Interested in joining Hayat?
Hayat has its general meetings on Thursdays at 6pm in the ICC.
Hayat also has great events coming up, so keep an out for them!
Also, check out and "like" Hayat's Facebook Page.