Embracing My Culture: Pakistani Student Association

Stepping onto DePaul University’s campus from a different state was definitely a little daunting. Little did I know that my decision to join the Pakistani Student Association (PSA) would not only lead to lasting friendships but also ignite a profound connection to my cultural roots.

PSA Table at Involvement Fair     PSA Board Girls at Gala Event

As the Social Media Manager of DePaul’s Pakistani Student Association, I’ve had the privilege of immersing myself in a dynamic blend of camaraderie and cultural celebration. Despite being miles away from home, the PSA has become my second family, providing me with a sense of belonging that transcends geographical boundaries. Through organizing events, attending meetings, and collaborating on projects, I’ve made a lot of strong bonds.

PSA Board at Event Venue

One of the most enriching aspects of my role within the PSA has been the opportunity to delve deeper into my Pakistani heritage. From organizing celebrations, including our Met Gala event, to participating in discussions about our shared cultural identity, every interaction has been a lesson in embracing and honoring where I come from. Whether it’s through sharing stories, recipes, or traditions, being a part of the PSA has allowed me to reclaim and celebrate my cultural heritage with pride.

Before Gala Dance Floor    During Gala Dance Floor

As the Social Media Manager, I find immense joy in crafting content that showcases the vibrancy and diversity of our community. From capturing the excitement of our events to highlighting the achievements of our members, each post is a testament to the richness of our shared experiences. Through engaging visuals and compelling narratives, I strive to create a digital space that not only informs but also inspires and fosters connection among our members and beyond.

Karaoke Night

In essence, being on the board of DePaul’s Pakistani Student Association as a Social Media Manager has been a transformative journey marked by friendship, cultural exploration, and creative expression. Beyond the screen, the PSA has provided me with invaluable opportunities for personal and professional growth. It’s a role that has not only allowed me to connect with others but also with my own roots. As I continue to navigate my college years, I am grateful for the sense of belonging and purpose that the PSA has given me, shaping me into a more empowered and culturally enriched individual!

Going to UIC PSA's event!

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