Alexandra Svokos

Alexandra Svokos

Alexandra Svokos is the College & Education Fellow for The Huffington Post. She is a 2014 graduate of Columbia University, where she served as editor-in-chief of campus news site Bwog as well as editor of IvyGate. Her writing has been featured in Quartz, Gothamist, Cosmopolitan, and Mic. She tweets as @asvokos (twitter.com/asvokos)

Practicing Islam at a Catholic university: “I’m 1 of 5 hijabi students on campus”

At Boston College (BC), a Jesuit Catholic university where 70% of students identify as Catholic, Fatmah Berikaa says she is the only student who lives on campus and wears a hijab. Berikaa, an Egyptian-American who grew up in Massachusetts, says she chose BC for its academic programs, its friendly campus and its financial aid. She lives in a dorm on the Upper Campus with other freshmen. Berikaa hopes to teach and is studying secondary education and English, with a focus in English as a second language, and minoring in Arabic. Berikaa talked to The Huffington Post about her experiences on campus –  what she worried ...

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