“Here shows just how far I’ve come. I have a limited background in farming, but I pursued it via course work and practical training because I wanted it. Sure, it does not totally align with my degree but it totally aligns with my interests in sustainability.”
Saba is a 22-year-old commerce student who works as the Data Coordinator at the Ryerson Urban Farm. When she isn’t flexing her economic or sustainability muscles, she’s sharing her wealth of information on fitness, health, wellness, and food with her personal blog. Saba loves sharing information, but even more so she loves learning it, which is a quality she loves most about herself. She told me, “Knowing your options about everything (and I mean everything) is power. It’s very empowering to the self to be aware of choice.” Saba continues to stress how important this is to her in relation to Muslim women stereotypes. She commented, “If anything could be improved upon, it would be others awareness that we are independent. The decisions we make are our own. Our religion, our culture, and our families impact our decisions, just as your religion (or non religious affiliation), your culture, and your families affect yours. Ultimately though, we make our own decisions, just as you make your own.”
What is your favourite quality about yourself?
My favourite quality about myself is my positivity. Sometimes positivity is mistaken for “wearing rose-coloured glasses” but I don’t believe that it is. I view positivity as courageousness and I believe your perspective truly determines your life.
What is most important to you?
My relationships are most important to me. Keeping good relationships with my family, friends and those with whom I work and interact with, means the most to me.
What is one thing you know for sure?
I know I will lead a good life – I am shy to say great but I am confident if I listen to my heart, I stay grounded in my values and create good relations, I’ll lead a good life that I can look back on, and smile at.