Dearest Child is an ode to my 10-year-old self. It is what I wish someone had said to me when I put on my hijab and left my house for the very first time. It also explains the impact my mother had on the choice I made to wear the scarf but how through time I wore it for myself rather than because she told me to. For me the hijab has a deeper meaning than just scarf; it is a legacy that has been passed down for hundreds of generations. My story highlights the struggles that Muslim women like myself face wearing the hijab in this day and age where it is interpreted as a negative restraining article of clothing rather than a liberating piece of their soul.
Nadia Aman ’20 is currently about to finish her first year at Smith College as an intended engineering major. She’s a first-generation college student, the first in her family to go to college. Nadia is an Ethiopian-American Muslim who lives in Portland, Maine with her two sisters, Samia and Ikram, and her parents, Mamo and Kedija. When Nadia isn’t studying, she enjoys long walks, playing soccer, writing poetry, and hanging out with her friends.by