Noor Qazi, 19.
Noor is a first year at UVA. She was born in West Virginia and raised in the tiny mountainous town of Bluefield in Southwest Virginia, but she is ethnically Pakistani and extremely proud of it! Islam is an extremely important part of her life; it’s what She lives by every day.
“At the end of the day, no matter how good or bad things in life are going, I know I can always come back to and put my trust in God. Of course, I always feel like there’s room for improvement in my personal strength of faith and religion, and I try hard to make myself better each day.”- Noor Qazi
She is currently not sure about what she wants to major in, but is interested in Psychology, Middle Eastern Studies, and Public/Foreign Policy. As a first year, noor has been extremely involved around grounds since she loves making new friends and meeting new and different types of people. Mainly, she is involved in several diverse clubs including the Muslim Students Association, University Programs Council, Pakistani Students League, Middle Eastern Leadership Council, Organization of African Students, Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine, and Indian Students Association. She also plans on trying out for a few ethnic dance teams next year and spending more time volunteering at Charlottesville’s local Islamic Center.
It’s also been her dream to study abroad in Jordan ever since she visited back in 7th grade and fell in love with the place, so she plans to do that one semester during her 3rd or 4th year. Also, if you know Noor you would know she really enjoy fashion, traveling, foreign cultures, cooking/baking, art, and photography. You can often find and see her walking around grounds with her pink backpack, heeled boots, and headphones in, most likely listening to Bollywood music ;)
On dating in Islam:
With time and experience I’ve realized that I personally find dating before college a waste of time. Honestly, I have seen entirely too many Muslim high school relationships end, and there was so much pain, heartbreak, and lack of focus on studies as a result. When dealing with Muslims dating, there is also often the element of keeping the relationship secret and hidden from parents, which means lots of lies. I understand that people learn from these situations in life, but I feel like prior to college, it’s important to focus on school, friends, and just being a kid. A relationship, especially one involving Muslims, adds a lot of unnecessary complication. At this stage in my life, I would only date someone if it was serious and I could see myself marrying the person. I honestly feel uncomfortable even calling it dating haha. If I met someone I was that serious about, I would tell someone in my family, hopefully my parents. I would not want to keep it from them for too long because in my opinion, religiously, I would want to go about the relationship in the most correct way possible. I believe that Allah (SWT) has created the perfect pairs for husband and wife, and I want the path to finding my future husband that He has chosen for me to be guided by Him and filled with His accordance. I do not want to ruin my chances with the perfect guy for me by being impulsive or going about it the wrong way. I personally do not want to waste my time with relationships that I know are “just for fun” and temporary; sadly, it seems like people around my age want just that.
I personally have gone to parties. However, I do not drink alcohol or use any other drugs, and I usually go with other friends who are the same in that sense. My view on alcohol and drugs started because of religion alone. However, after arriving at UVA and being exposed to people under the influence much more than I ever had been before, I have been turned away from alcohol and drugs even more. I really just find alcohol disgusting, the smell, the way people act when they’re wasted, it all just disgusts me. I like to have a good time, but I never forget or let go of my personal morals in the process. I personally see nothing wrong with going to parties if you have the right company, strong will power, and just use common sense.
My religion has played a major part in shaping my morals, and now strengthening them in college. On weekends I love to have good, clean fun. I do not drink alcohol or use other drugs. In my opinion, I’d rather have full control of myself and be able to remember my night. During the day on weekends I relax, catch up on sleep or work, and catch up on TV shows. I really love being spontaneous, so my weekend nights are usually pretty random. My night can be a quiet one eating Afghan food in a friend’s dorm/apartment watching movies or playing games, one involving a late night drive or trip to another town, or a loud night out dancing with my girls. I usually end up at the Corner late at night at some point, whether it’s at Onyx, Christian’s Pizza, or Berry Berry.