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ident Pervez] Musharraf removed the judiciary, I
protested with them on the streets. Actually, since
my father was in the Navy and serving the government, legally we were not allowed to protest.
So, I'd tell my father to drop me at my friend's
house and sneak out. There were one or two occasions when my face ended up in the newspaper.
I'd hide the newspaper but my parents would find
out. Luckily, they would just sort of smile so I figured I wasn't in too much trouble.
IE: How did you wind up at Stanford?

Shiza Shahid

SHAHID: Well, it was the public service sphere, which

meant that it was a respectable life .... My father and
mother wanted the very best for us in terms of our education so they always sent us to top private schools. I was
raised like my brother was raised. There weren't a lot of
gender differences. My family was always very supportive
when I would go out and try things on my own. That is
something a lot of girls in Pakistan and around the world
don't have, so I was very fortunate.

COURTESY OF SHIZA SHAHID

IE: How did a 14-year-old get to volunteer inside a

prison in Pakistan?
SHAHID: I always had interesting friends with interesting
parents. I spent a lot of time with one who was very active in the women's space. She became my mentor and got
me that internship. I always gravitated toward interesting
adults-artists, writers, lawyers, political organizers. I grew
up in the capital city in turbulent times. When [then-Pres-

SHAHID: When I decided to apply internationally I thought, "Okay, let's just Google the top 10
U.S. schools and apply to all of them." I couldn't
afford tuition, and most U.S. schools aren't
need-blind for
international
Shiza Shahid will speak about the
students, but
struggle to educate all girls at
Stanford and
the NAFSA Annual Conference in
Brown offered
Boston on May 27, 2015.
me full scholarships. It was
really a stroke of luck. Stanford was a big opportunity, and I wouldn't be here without it. On the
other hand, it was also an isolating and difficult
time. College in the United States is very carefree; I was very serious. I had grown up wanting
to change the world. Things were still really bad
in Pakistan and so I'd read the news all the time and speak
on the phone daily with people about what was going on
back home. I gravitated more towards doing things on my
own outside of school. I studied international relations
and developed some great relationships with my professors-again, always intrigued by the world of adults.
IE: What made you think you could do something

significant so young?
SHAHID: I've always felt I could create things I put my

mind to. I've never felt paralyzed or incapable or that
something was too big or difficult. I learned later in life
when I became a consultant that if you asked the right
questions, you could figure out pretty much anything.
Nothing was rocket science. I didn't know that at the
time. Maybe what I did know was that there was a lot
of madness where I had grown up, a lot of people with
conservative, radical, nonsensical views and ideas. There
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Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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