My parents told me that when I was a young toddler, I wanted to be a doctor, dancer, writer, flight attendant, singer, and actor all at once. I was constantly envisioning myself as a new person each time I came up with a new profession; I was always living in the future. I could never pinpoint what I wanted to do. Duke changed that.
Duke, whatâs up?! My name is Hanan (rhymes with the bomb.com), and Iâm a dreamer.
When I dream, I not only escape my reality, but I imagine my life in a new way. I like to stretch realityâwhy canât I be a dancing doctor who writes while being a singing flight attendant that acts on the side? The truth isâI can do all of these things, and it all begins with a simple dream. I find dreaming incredibly empoweringâI am in complete control, I decide, I conquer, I achieve.
Dreaming is envisioning. While my future is still a bit fuzzy, itâs slowly manifesting itself. As a Public Policy and Global Health double major at Duke, I see myself using my health policy education to become a global citizen in the world. I hope to utilize the skills Iâve gained in the classroom to contribute to our ever-changing world. My main interest lies in humanitarian work, with an emphasis on social justice/human rights issues, womenâs health, and global development.
My heart lies in Africa. Iâve traveled to Africa six different times and traveled to four different countries in the continent (hopefully more countries in the future). While some may feel like they know Africa, in reality, many peopleâs understanding of Africa is very limited, due to the mediaâs negative portrayal of the continent. Mass media fails to provide a dynamic perspective of the continent, and instead unfairly emphasizing the dysfunctions of Africa. As Mos Def once said, âif Africa stands in good stead, then the globe will be positively affected.â Thus, itâs vital for people to realize the beauty of the continent, and not be so wrapped up in the mediaâs narrow portrayal of Africa. Africa has a special place in meâI love its rich history, culture, traditions, and diversity. Itâs why I constantly find myself gravitating towards the continent; I enjoy spending weeks on end in African countries at any chance I get.
Duke helped wipe the mist off the foggy lens that is my future, but spots of fuzziness still remains. Iâm confident that things will clear up by the end of my time at Duke. And your future will clear up to; everything will work out the way it should, when it should.