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Student Spotlight: Muntaqa Zaman

Class Year: 2022

Major: Anthropology

Hometown: Lorton, VA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

Last year, I was training and working as a PHE (Peer Health Educator) on Grounds, and got a chance to do a collaboration with the Women's Center for the Iris Magazine. I enjoyed the process so much that I wanted to return as an intern.

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?

The first time I performed poetry at an open-mic night during my second year through the FLUX Poetry Club.

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

A woman I deeply admire is Sarah Kay, a renowned spoken-word poet known best for her TED Talk, "If I should have a daughter."

4.    What is one thing you do after a stressful day?

Listen to music and make up stories in my head - my imagination is my comfort zone!

5.    How does your work for the Women's Center motivate you?

Being able to discuss, share, and write about issues that are important to me in a welcoming environment was definitely the central thing that drew me to the Women's Center. Here, you don't have to be the "best" - only yourself. My work here encourages me to keep living my truth, and to educate myself and others so we can help dismantle barriers, and help others live their truth, too.

6.    What’s a podcast or TV show that’s grabbed your attention recently?

I haven't watched many shows lately, but I've been watching stand-up comedy, and Bo Burnham's "Inside," and Taylor Tomlinson's "Quarter-Life Crisis," have been my recent favorites. Their shows allude to two things very relevant in our lives, and my life right now - the revelations of the year we spent inside due to the pandemic, and the perils of transitioning to adulthood in a world that expects so much of us.

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