Sheema

 

“I work as a secretary for the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Fresh off college, I didn’t know where to start. I guess that’s what every new graduate faces. The first step is always the hardest. But here I am, so I think I know where to go.”

 

 

“Back in college, I was part of an organization. It powers up the young revolutionary in you – when you are around people who are as pumped up as you are, and you work together on something you love, something you’re really passionate about. There’s that restless desire to do something for the world, to do something worthwhile; it’s there, gnawing at you, tugging at your core. What’s amazing is that it gives birth to something remarkable, and it’s incredible because it inspires you to do more, to dream bigger.”

 

 

When was the happiest moment of your life?

“My graduation. Because it meant I could finally help with the family’s finances.”

 

 

“I’m the first in the family to get a college degree. There are five of us; the first two before me didn’t finish school. I’m the third; I support my younger sister in her studies. It’s my way of giving back to my family.”

 

 

And your saddest moment?

“I don’t log sad stuff, at least in my brain. I forget them.”

 

 

“I have always associated myself with the word simple, in its genuine essence. I don’t know, but I just sort of grew with it. I guess I just believe that complicating things robs you of the good air. And it weighs on you, so you might as well let go of making things difficult for yourself.”

 

 

What is that mantra that keeps you sane?

“It’s Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

 

 

“There’s always that uncertainty that lurks somewhere and it’s scary that you don’t know what’s in there. But the verse gives me – somehow – a spark of hope that something good will always come out no matter what.”

 

 

What’s the biggest lesson life has taught you so far?

“It’s always best to stay humble.”

 

 

 

 

Photo by DONALD RENTIQUIANO

 Interview & Text by RONA LIN

 

 

 

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