“Doing What You Love”:Khan Shares her Lawrenceville Story

Shaezmina Khan ’19 served as this year’s second Lawrenceville Stories Club speaker, delivering a talk titled “Doing What You Love, Loving What You Do: My Lawrenceville Journey” at 7:00 PM in the McGraw Reading Room this past Thursday.

Shaezmina Khan ’19 served as this year’s second Lawrenceville Stories Club speaker, delivering a talk titled “Doing What You Love, Loving What You Do: My Lawrenceville Journey” at 7:00 PM in the McGraw Reading Room this past Thursday. The event was organized by the Lawrenceville Stories Club President Jonny Yue ’19. The club provides underformers the opportunity to hear V Formers speak about their experiences at Lawrenceville.

In addition to serving as the Student Council’s diversity representative, Khan is the president of the Diversity Council, co-president of the Religious Life Council, and co-president of the Muslim Students Organization. She is also the co-president of Lawrenceville’s Model United Nations (MUN) Club, managing editor of The Contour, a Heely scholar, and a recipient of the Welles Grant Award.

Khan began her talk by laying out two defining aspects of her Lawrenceville experience—how she unexpectedly got involved in diversity on campus and the friendships she has made with both students and faculty members.

Khan noted that as a child, she was shy and “did not have a good group of friends” because her family moved often. When she entered the seventh grade, Khan gained confidence, which influenced her to begin wearing the hijab without entirely realizing all of its implications.

Continuing her journey at Lawrenceville, Khan noted that she was often “awkward” and “frustrated” with “being someone who is so visibly a minority.” Throughout her IV Form year in particular, she often struggled with the question, “Am I here only because they want diversity?”

As a result, Khan looked for outlets in extracurriculars that were not directly related to diversity, such as MUN “to create a three-dimensional Shaezmina rather than having [a part of her] identity be almost flattened.”

Regarding other extracurriculars, Khan said that she was also a member of the The Robotics Club in her II Form year, but she realized that she could not help out as much as she had hoped. Based on this experience, Khan advised students to not do extracurriculars “just for the sake of doing [them] but rather if [they] can bring something new to the table.”

Khan ended her talk on by emphasizing the importance of friendships during her time at Lawrenceville.

“Though it’s cliché, I think that friendships made at Lawrenceville mean a lot more than other things on campus. Don’t just pick friends in [a] hurry. Pick friends who you can see supporting your ambitions.”