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Shanza striking a pose outside of the Aga Khan Museum.

New Beginnings

Shanza Zulfiqar is a current GEMgirl and a Creative Writing Intern at GEM this year. She’s a grade 12 student at Marc Garneau collegiate, aspiring writer and law student hopeful. She gives us her impression of the GEMprogram so far.

To me, change and new beginnings have always seemed scary. I keep thinking “How do you know what the future holds?” With the little experience I have from life, I’ve realized there really is no way to find out but there are many things that you’ll feel while you try to figure it out. There will be some nervousness, some excitement but at the end; success.

Now that I’ve joined GEM, I feel the same way again. Words cannot describe how thrilled I am to be a part of this program and how genuinely excited I am to be working with such an amazing team. As for the girls, I see a lot of faces; many I recognize, while others, relatively new. I can’t wait to get to know all of them on a personal level.  But, I also feel a bit nervous (I’m sure I speak for a lot of the other girls) because this is the first time I’ve joined a program outside of school. Regardless, I expect a lot from this program and this year.

I expect to be more confident, social and have a sense of where I want to go in life after high school. I would like the time and opportunity to pursue what I love…law, and study more subjects that can be used to benefit others. I would like to bring justice to the people that are voiceless. I would like to learn about the history of law by talking to lawyers who have lived in different places, studied different types of laws and learn from those who spent their whole lifetime becoming masters of law.

Overall, most of us teenagers don’t like change and we’re scared to try new things but with a supportive team like GEM, I think it’s safe to say we’re off to a very good start.