I believe that every woman holds within her an astounding amount of power. A woman can change the course of the world if she desires and there have been plenty examples in my life that proved this point. My mother, is just one example of how a woman not only can direct the course of her own life towards success but motivate others to do so as well.
I find inspiration in every being and a lot of the women I meet in daily encounters motivate and inspire me to do better. Today, on the list of Zunera’s inspiring women is Sarish Khan.
Sarish, is a Pakistani American currently enrolled in her final year of law school, where she is focusing on national security law. She spent her summer working for Department of Homeland Security as a litigation clerk and hopes to return after graduation. Outside of her career aspirations, she loves to cook! She believes food has a special way of bringing people together and enjoys creating recipes and dishes that are unique to her cooking style.
She spent a year of her life working in Karachi, Pakistan for DFID (Department for International Development). She recalls, the work itself being very rewarding. She was an assistant project manager for an education crisis project that involved building schools, setting curricula, and enrolling the youth of Pakistan- especially young girls- in school. But for her life changed perspective when she was mugged at gunpoint on a crowded street in Karachi. “In that moment, I felt completely helpless and I realized how easily all your dreams and aspirations can be put on halt when you lose your sense of security and feel vulnerable in a crowded environment. That is when I made the decision to attend law school and make an impact globally to mitigate such threats.”, said Sarish.
Sarish loves to dance and feels that dancing is the best way of personal expression. “Your whole body is in sync with the musical rhythm of your life; its a unique and essential activity and one of the best outlets for relieving stress and feeling rejuvenated.” remarked Sarish.
When asked about her personal style and what she holds is the true definition of it, she replied that for her “style is a direct expression of your intentions, its how you want to be viewed by society. Whether I wear a dress, or a suit, or even an abaya (Hijab), the manner in which I carry myself, is what defines my personal style, which is ever-so evolving- just as myself.”
Sarish is inspired by her mother to a very far extent. “My father passed away when I was very young, as far back as I can remember my mother has played the role of both parents and I feel fortunate to say that I’ve felt absolutely nothing lacking in my life. She has the ability to balance her career as a successful business owner with her domestic responsibilities as a parent and homemaker. She has taught me to never fear new challenges in life and I am more than thankful to have a such a strong and spirited woman as a mother.”
Concluding, I asked Sarish if she would like to share something and she recalled how she recently participated in a pageant and won the title of Miss Pakistan USA 2015, “but the real victory was in the process itself. My grandparents were Pakistani actors, Sabiha Khanum and Santosh Kumar, but I was always sheltered from the entertainment and media world. I can understand why my parents did that. It takes a lot of courage and confidence to stand on a stage, in a public arena, where every move and every word holds immense weight. You are not only representing yourself, but also your family, your values, and your culture. I am honored and thankful that the Miss Pakistan USA organization has entrusted me with that responsibility.”
I hope you ladies found Sarish Khan’s story as inspiring as I did. Stay tuned on the blog for more dose of inspiration and motivation to achieve better.