What It’s Prefer to Attend a Catholic College as a Muslim Pupil

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This text was initially written for Fresh U by Aleeha Shah. It has been given minor edits earlier than re-posting.

No matter how early you start, the faculty course of is rarely simple. First, there are all of the dreadful functions, then the essays, then the numerous hours refreshing the choice web page anxiously awaiting the letter you’ve labored so onerous for. Till lastly, you get the e-mail in the midst of class, containing the choice that might presumably make or break your future plans. For me, the method was precisely like this.

After I first started making use of for school, I had a transparent picture of what I wished. I used to be going to go to school with my greatest good friend, a faculty a metropolis away from my household so I may transfer out with out being too far-off. There, I used to be going to pursue a level in chemistry and benefit from as many internships as I may earlier than attending medical college. Nevertheless, this dream quickly got here to a halt once I acquired my choice. Whereas I used to be not technically rejected, this system I used to be supplied (the Coordinated Admission Program) didn’t assure I might get the diploma I wished. So, after fascinated about it for a very long time, I made a decision I wished to attend a faculty the place my path was sure, that there was no pointless stress for one thing I’ll or could not even get.

This narrowed down my choices to 2 faculties, each on totally different spectrums by way of construction and training. One, a public state college with an enormous campus and auditorium-sized courses. To not point out the 1000’s of scholars. The opposite, a personal Catholic college with a smaller campus and courses averaging 25 college students. The coed inhabitants was additionally considerably smaller. Each faculties had facets I wished. Nevertheless, I may solely select one. I spoke to counselors, family and friends members. I visited campuses. After months of deliberation, I selected.

“Where are you going to college?” The dreadful query everybody requested lastly had a response that wasn’t, “I don’t know yet.” I proudly acknowledged that I used to be going to be attending the personal college. Some individuals had been completely happy for me, congratulating me with smiles and hugs. However, some individuals had been confused as to why I might go to a Catholic college once I’m clearly not Catholic. And that’s clear. I imply, I put on a scarf. However I didn’t thoughts the non secular facet of the college. There have been so many advantages that got here with selecting this college.

After all, these advantages included location and sophistication dimension. Furthermore, I acquired many scholarships which make paying for school a lot simpler. As a personal college, there’s additionally a lot of entry and availability of kit due to the smaller courses. This may assist me sooner or later: I’ll have a lot of expertise working with supplies that I take advantage of in my profession.

Spiritually, I don’t suppose the differing non secular beliefs will likely be a major problem. Sure, college students are required to take non secular programs, nevertheless, there are various matters from which to decide on. Though I’m Muslim, and Muslims and Catholics don’t share the identical beliefs, there are core values we do share. Moreover, I like how there’s a religious facet within the construction of the college as a result of it offers a path, and even when I’m not Catholic, I can nonetheless develop as a Muslim. The college has publicly asserted that they’re a faculty of range and encourage individuals of all beliefs to attend their college. On the finish of their 4 years, college students can have grown as an individual, whether or not or not they share the religious beliefs that embody the standard college. I’m truly wanting ahead to it, as I’m involved in studying extra concerning the Catholic perception system in relation to my very own.

After all, there is part of me that fears judgment, nevertheless based mostly on their present college students and my expertise on campus, I don’t imagine will probably be onerous for me to regulate. We dwell in a rustic that is filled with range, comprised of many various races and faiths. A time the place a Muslim can confidently attend a Catholic college reveals simply how far we have now come as a society. We at the moment are extra inclusive and open-minded, necessary traits to have as a civilization. I’m excited to see what this new chapter of life brings me, and look ahead to studying about myself extra— mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

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