2017 Tailwind Scholarship Recipients
We recognize and congratulate these bright young Muslim students.
Interested in the digital application for politics.
Name Myra Nizami
School Cornell University
Degree Masters of Art
Major Political Science
“Currently, I am acutely interested in understanding the political science in the digital space; specifically digital diaspora and multiculturalism as it relates to digital media – especially from a sociological and political perspective and I am excited to pursue this avenue as there are current faculty members within this program conducting research on these topics. My undergraduate years at Cornell were spent learning about communications but during that time, I took a keen interest in the concepts of culture and society. I wanted a program that took a multidisciplinary approach to these concepts, while pushing me to challenge myself and broaden my research expertise and I found both of these qualities in the Digital Culture and Society program.
My academic interests developed at Cornell will complement this program, and I hope to gain the knowledge and skills to critically think and research about an issue that matters to me – the ongoing migrant crisis. Currently, there are several faculty members undertaking research in this space, such as Dr. Sara Marino’s in specifically understanding the the intersection of technology and migration and its impacts.
I have set always set high personal goals for myself, and I know I have the passion, drive and determination to succeed. Higher education is of the utmost importance for me, and my personal goals have been shaped by that pursuit. I spent over a decade of my life in Pakistan and when I was sixteen, I decided to move by myself to the US to finish my education. It was a difficult decision, as I left my family behind but I wanted to pursue opportunities where I could make a meaningful impact. That endeavor has led me onto this path, and I’ve never quite looked back.
The scholarship is an investment in my future, and I know that I will repay it in kind with my future plans. Within the next 5-10 years, I hope to be able to use the degree to pursue professional opportunities in the public or private sector that allow me to be of service to others with my education and research skills. I envision myself working in role where I am able to use my research skills to work in migrant policy and resettlement and become a force for change within these communities.”