An Inspirational Yet Tiny Pakistani

7 Jul

Little Wonder: Mehak Faisal

Tufts University introduced an exciting new twist to their college application. They asked students to share a one minute video that said something about them. Out of the 15,000 students that applied to Tufts this year 1000 submitted the one minute video clip. Out of these 1000 videos Tufts showcased the nine best videos on its website. One of these videos belongs to Pakistani student, Mehak Faisal from Headstart School, Islamabad.

Mehak’s video is a stop-animation film that showcases the difficult process of writing the personal statement required for college admissions. And the haunting yet catchy tune that she is strumming on her guitar is entirely her own. And although she was accepted to Tufts, she will be attending New York University starting August 2010 and plans to major in media and communication.

An aspiring guitar great, a literary enthusiast, a thoughtful writer, a helpful friend and an excellent listener, Mehak is one to do any teacher proud. I have had the honor of knowing Mehak as a student, as a friend as a teacher and publicity manager and critic! And she has excelled in each of those roles.

In a country rife with elite apathy and teenage angst, Mehak is one of the very few privileged Pakistanis who despite their privilege are incredibly down to earth and aspire to do more in life than party or join the family business upon graduation. Over the years of knowing Mehak, I have seen her struggle and ponder over her identity. I have seen her find ways to help others and I have seen her show genuine concern for her country and its young people. She is inspirational. Mehak is one talented yet tiny Pakistani! And if such a tiny person can encompass such greatness, compassion and drive to create change for the better, then the future of Pakistan is bright!

You can find the other videos selected by Tufts here:

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2 Responses to “An Inspirational Yet Tiny Pakistani”

  1. Alex July 7, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    What an inspiring young girl. Prays and wishes


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