Fatima Zehra Naqvi

Arts One Student, 2012/2013
Rhodes Scholar, 2018

What were some of the most meaningful experiences you had at UBC?
It’s the people I met at UBC, the mentors and friends I found through my classes and involvement in community activities, who made my time at UBC all the more meaningful. Finishing my degree was not easy, but I found moments of tenderness, acceptance, and accommodation from students, faculty and staff, and those moments helped me succeed. 

What advice would you have for current Arts students about making the most of their time at UBC?
I think it helps to have a sense of purpose and a sense of direction. What drives you, makes you angry, fires you up with hope? How do you want to contribute to your communities? What’s something that matters to you that may not matter to others? Keeping these questions in mind while I was at UBC helped me choose courses and extracurricular activities that were fulfilling, and provided me with the tools and experiences I needed to make an impact. Additionally, as an Arts student, my education outside of my classes was just as valuable, so it’s important to design an education for yourself that exists beyond the classrooms and textbooks. 

What does winning a Rhodes Scholarship mean to you?
Winning a Rhodes Scholarship feels life-changing. But I feel I did not win it on my own. I am very blessed to have had people around me who believed in me, pushed me, and supported me when things got challenging during my degree. This accomplishment is just as much theirs. I hope to make the most of this opportunity and give back to my community. 

Originally posted on UBC Faculty of Arts News.