The Good Kid
Despite the accolades and awards, Seema Afreen Azher remains the simple youngster who holds on firmly to her Indian and Islamic roots.
Munching on chips, gulping down coke, all this while watching the latest music video, sprawled on a sofa…. all kids abroad do this-said someone. Think again! Branding all youngsters settled abroad into this “personality type” is just not right. Think, Think again.
Far away, across the seven seas is Detroit in the USA… set amidst greenery stands the majestic Michigan State University (MSU). Just take a walk around the campus until you reach the library. Surrounded by a pile of books, tapping away on the computer keyboard, you will spot a youngster-Seema Afreen Azher-the sole Muslim medical scholar pursuing her studies at MSU. Through sheer hard work and merit, Seema was among the 10 candidates who was selected for the course study. Daughter of renowned scholar, intellectual and speaker, Dr. Qazi Siraj Azher, who is also based in the USA, Seema was recently honoured with the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Award 2005, for her merit and leadership qualities at the Indian Muslim Council Annual Function. This award is conferred every year on Indian Muslim students based in USA and who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities and meritorious performance in education.
Seema has inculcated the Islamic values of modesty and hard work from her parents who encouraged her to pursue career- oriented education. When she was in the Fourth Class, Seema would spend a lot of her time studying and reading books. While Walt Disney’s cute Tom and Jerry cartoons may be part of her collection, Cups, Certificates, Medals and Awards adorn her room. Travelling to Turkey for the UNESCO International Environmental Project, she won the Second Merit position. At the University, Seema has been the dynamic leader heading the Science Committee initiated by her. The Committee promotes student participation in various competitions and activities related to Science. Seema also puts her pen to best use as Editor of Science Observer Journal.
Being the recipient of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Award 2005, Seema was in the spotlight of the TV channels in the USA. Infact, the National Television Channel of America featured Seema and her achievements under the programme-“Good Kid of the Week”
Despite the accolades and awards, Seema remains the simple youngster who holds on firmly to her Indian and Islamic roots. Not the one to be carried away by the American glitter and glamour, she has set her goals in life strongly to commit herself to serve the society in every way she can –just like her parents.
(Seema Afreen Azher can be reached at qsazher1@yahoo .com)