I fell in love with storytelling when I was in high school, and have always had the desire to connect with people from different walks of life. In an effort to broaden my horizons, I decided to major in English in my undergraduate studies and Journalism in my graduate studies to utilize photography, videography and broadcast media to perfect the craft of multimedia storytelling. My aim is to be a voice for the voiceless and those in need by sharing their stories.
Our identity is an important aspect of who we are, however I believe our capabilities to make positive changes for others is more important. We don’t have to be celebrities or Nobel Prize winners to make an impact; more often, it is ordinary people, their perspectives and ideologies that guide us through the unknown to success.
I self-studied English at a young age and didn't attend language institutes like my peers. I took a different path by working on my skills on my own and eventually mastered the language well enough to teach and attended Khorasgan Azad University, which gave me the privilege of taking courses with Dr. Lotfi, a highly distinguished scholar. Working as an ESL teacher provided me the experience I needed to attain the Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship, also known as Fulbright Scholarship. My background helped me secure a seat among other exchange visitors in class of 2012-2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
While teaching, I also volunteered for local radio stations and newspapers as an announcer and reporter, where I discovered my passion for journalism. In doing so, I applied for different journalism graduate programs across the nation and eventually attended St. Cloud State University where I was appointed KVSC 88.1 FM news director from 2014 to 2016. During this time I concurrently worked as a reporter for the school's television station—UTVS where I pitched ideas, went out into the field and interviewed people ranging from officials to public servants to record them on tape or in front of the camera. Editing my material on deadline in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition was challenging and exhilarating. Over the course of my reporting, I began hosting live interviews and newscasts, all of which has transformed me into a multimedia journalist with an open mind toward every subject. I believe failures are our way to success. If we don't fail, it means we have never tried a new thing or bothered ourselves to improve our life.