“You can’t be 50 and have only one challenging experience in your life” Naeema, a PhD of Communication and Media Studies and professor at the School of Media Studies (Humber College, Toronto), told me. She adds that throughout challenging experiences she knows for sure that if you stay sincere and work hard blessings will find you. One thing that’s a constant in Naeema’s life is her love for teaching. She teared up as she told me how passionate she is about helping her students, and young people in general, on their career journeys. Her hope is to always be in a position to facilitate ease for the people around her, and inspire them, just like how her mentors did for her when she was starting out. Although students often ask Naeema if she does stand up comedy in her spare time, much of her hobbies are peaceful and in solitude. She loves researching, reading, and being immersed in the sights and sounds of nature. Naeema revealed she is quite a minimalist. She told me “I sleep and wake up real early, I own only 5 pairs of shoes, including my snow boots and sneakers and I have only 3 items I use for make up.” Naeema has accomplished a lot in her life so far. On top of having one bachelors degree, two masters degrees, and a PhD, she has two children, has taught in three countries, and has founded a successful magazine that aims to connect Canada’s Muslim community. When I asked her what her proudest accomplishment was, she told me, “everything that made my parents proud of me.”
What is most important to you?
"Family and my students"
How do you want to be perceived?
"Just as you see me."