Academic listening and note-taking skills for community college second language students

A synopsis on "Expectations of a Muslim Student" parts 1 and 2 (supplemental episodes 5 and 6)

In these important episodes, two female Muslim college students share their experiences with us. I have not put any of my own opinion into these bullet points.I think these young women have the right to their own stories. --Mike-- 

  • How do you deal with parents who don't trust you as a female Muslim student in college? Be patient. It takes time. You need to form a real relationship with your parents because daughters all too often hide way too much from their Muslim parents because the parents just don't understand. Muslim fathers come from a very different culture than these daughters. You can't fix your parents. Arguing with your parents is hard. If you stay calm, your parent might come around to your side. There's a lot of stress dealing with parents. Is the fight really worth it?  Is the grudge match really worth it? Value the people you have in your life. 
  • How are you different in the house versus school? Keep your boundaries--don't talk about guys all the time around your parents. Try not to change your personality too much at home. Your parents need to accept you for who you are. There are two different kinds of stresses--school stress and home stress. Sometimes parents don't understand about the stresses of college life. 
  • Is there a responsiblity to help educate others about Islam? If they wear the hijab, they are more visible as Muslims and have to be prepared to answer questions about their religion, even if they don't really want to. If they don't wear the hijab, then they have to answer questions about why they don't wear the hijab, which is equally frustrating. 
  • What kind of pressure does your family put on you? There is the expectation that they need to choose one of three careers: doctors, lawyers, or engineers. It's hard to choose a different major and make the family understand it's importance. There is also the pressure that parents put on them because they gave up their life in the home country to come here to the United States.