Beauty and the Muse

Wilkes University Graduation Banquet

Posted on: July 25, 2014


(Above: My mentor and friend, Author, Taylor Polites)

I made it you guys! I officially have a graduate degree in creative writing. I never thought in a million years that this would happen. But, with the guidance of my mentor and support of my loving cohort, I did it.


(Left to right: Deb, Me, Elisabeth, Nicky, and Nina)

So basically, I will be posting a ton of pictures of my cohort, Wilkes Alum, staff, and professors. So Enjoy.

W15Nicky is wearing a ‘Cat-Lady Chic’ ensemble.

W16Talented screenwriter, Kelly and I.

W13Chris, Danielle, Sara, and Diva Nina.

W12Rocked out with Raegan.


W10We always seem to match.

W9What is Rachel looking at?

W8Joe, Rachel, and John.

W7Austin, Margaret, Elisabeth, and Kelly.

W6A fine young man, Casey and Rachel.

W4Hey look! There’s Nathan! The best at like, gosh, everything in life.

W3Michael gave me the best graduation present. So sweet 🙂

W2Joanne, Molly, Ken, and Tiff Tiff.

W1Me and Dawn. She knows everything about anything…

I just want to say that I love my cohorts, wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. We did it, and now we are at the next step. See you guys in January!


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Over pizza, a friend and I talked openly about hijab and sexism we’d experienced around it. 
Many people assumed that because I wear hijab it means I’m married. Hence, the idea of a woman wears hijab for a man and not herself or for God. 
She shared a story about going to a club with her hijab and being told that she shouldn’t be there by random Muslim men because she was hijabi. She bluntly replied, “Neither you or I should be in the club as Muslims.” Her story triggered me because I too had been through the same scenario. In addition to that I remember when my ex used to constantly tell me that I didn’t love God enough or I wasn’t Muslim because I doubted wearing hijab. But the chick he ended up going out with, during our marriage, was a non-hijabi 🤔 
My friend said something that resonated with me. “If it’s so easy to wear hijab, then why don’t men do it? They won’t. Because it makes them visible.” Being visibly Muslim, for some of us, isn’t easy. To wear or continue to wear hijab isn’t always easy. So, why are we so harsh on non-hijabis? 
When I went to California this summer, I decided that I was going to wear a bathing suit and ditch my hijab. For so long, I always wondered what it’d be like. Although, I felt guilty for showing my body as a Muslim I also felt empowered because I had the choice. And that I was very much so still Muslim whether I was covered or not. 
As a Muslim woman, I applaud you for wearing hijab, but I also understand if you aren’t there yet. Not all Muslims come in one size fits all. 
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