Muskan has a passion for people. By sharing her struggles and experiences as an international student and a woman in engineering, she has provided invaluable guidance to many other students on similar journeys.
The effects of mentorship
“As an international student, I understand the struggle and stress of getting used to a new environment and new culture, and through these involvements on campus and in organizations, and with programs like the Wolverine Mentor Collective and International Mentor I am provided a great opportunity to assist students to make their transition to a University smoother and joyful.
“This role helped me make a significant difference in the lives of international students as they adjusted to a new whole different country and community, I had an opportunity to connect with my mentees and help them explore the great resources Dearborn has to offer and build a community that they can call their new home.”
Different ways to get involved on campus
“I am involved on campus with different student organizations like the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) where I was featured as Spotlight Member of the Month for helping the organization expand on campus and promoting women in STEM to pursue their dreams and goals. I also helped various Greek Organizations on campus with recruitment and helped students find Greek organizations that match their individual goals as well as have the same mission statement as their goals and values. Being part of engineering organizations, I was also the PR and recruitment chair for the South Asian Student Association where I worked with students on South Asian culture and collaborated on events to familiarize everyone with South Asian culture on campus.
“I was also the Co-site leader of the Alternative Breaks Program in 2020, AB has been a very important and impactful part of my life in terms of educating myself, building skills and identity development, and helping others by being an active citizen and raising awareness through community-based volunteer projects.”
An opportunity that led to an unexpected realization
“My one most proud moment is being offered the role of SI leader. I never saw myself as a teacher or a tutor and going into this role was a little bit of a challenge as I was nervous and almost got cold feet. The SI leader role ended up being one of the most wonderful roles for my professional and career development. I had a great experience with the faculty, students, and other SI fellows.”