Call it silly, but anything is possible: Huda Hussain

The Newspaper class always garnered Huda’s attention every time she walked past its tall stand at school. Although it didn’t catch her eye as much as theatre did, the journalism class was surely more appealing to her mother. Journalism will be able to do something theatre can’t: improve Huda’s writing. The newspaper is also everywhere in our daily life. It is in the shows where the dad is found with coffee and a newspaper in his hand or young boys tossing it in driveways for a bit of coin. But we have never really witnessed the creation of the newspaper. It is this mystery that draws Huda in, and as her curiosity grows for the process, so does her desire to be a part of it.

When the time came to choose classes for her first year of high school, she couldn’t help but look towards journalism. She wondered how it is made, how the layout is decided, and how it is published. Finally, after only a few seconds of contemplating, Huda chose to join the newspaper for one of her first electives in high school.

To be in a class where there are fewer than a dozen people, there is no choice but to be close. If it was the ‘old Huda’ it would be no problem. But last summer, her mother wanted Huda to be ahead of her classmates, enrolling her in 10th and 11th grade classes. Therefore, in the classroom, Huda won’t be with her fellow 14 year olds, but instead with sophomores and juniors. Due to this, she has felt like she has become much shyer than she was in 8th grade. But the fact that she would be able to write articles regarding topics she’s passionate about was too tempting.

Topics like abortion, immigration, protests, and police brutality pull Huda in, allowing her to form her own stone-hard opinions. She has her own experiences allowing her to empathize with the people who are affected by these issues. After asked what makes her feel like she is closer to the subject, she says, “growing up and being a minority [Muslim and Pakistani] I didn’t feel like I was being included in a lot of stuff. I felt like I wasn’t in place.” Huda is able to feel what she wants to believe is just a small fraction of their pain, which is one of the reasons why she is interested in journalism. She wants to write about human rights movements all around the world, hoping to support at least one of her values.  One of the things she believes is that no one should have to be silenced. 

Huda is part of a family with a dad, mom, and three brothers who all have different opinions than her. They don’t listen much to Huda’s political opinions as they already have to deal with her daily fantasies. Huda says, “I feel like a lot of things in the world are possible, I believe things are gonna happen even if I know they aren’t,” seeming a bit understanding as to why they take her opinions for naught. Many times when she asks her family for something and they say no, she always believes it is possible they would give it to her later on. She believes writing pieces in favor of her opinion could make her ideas seem more likely to become possible.

 In the future, Huda will hopefully have graduated from her dream college, UCLA, and have already become a successful dermatologist and a popular columnist.  At that moment no one would be able to mistake her words for air again.