A photo of Cairo's Tahrir Square, taken on Feb. 12, 2011, after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Photo by Nebedaay/Creative Commons licensed.

A photo of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, taken on Feb. 12, 2011, after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Photo by Nebedaay/Creative Commons licensed.

“Voices of the Square” features young people speaking out from public squares and private spaces all over the world — the places where young people take a stand and express their points of view and hopes for the future.

Do you have a story to tell? Contact us at beatrice@globalstudentsquare.org for help on how to pitch and submit your story.

Hijabi, and Heading to College

Shahnoor Jafri, a senior at Saratoga High School, shares her decision to leave the “safe bubble” of her suburban California home to become “the next Sanjay Gupta” — a physician and science journalist.

But Jafri is at a crossroads: Should she go to college in Pakistan, where she could enroll in an accelerated five-year medical school, or stay in the U.S.? More importantly, where can Jafri continue to develop and deepen her faith in Islam?

Listen to the first installment of Jafri’s journey and college decision.