Originally, I am from Pakistan and came to the U.S. when I was 4-years-old. After moving around a bit, I lived in Oklahoma for the past 14 years. It may not be the most exciting location to reside in, but it was a nice and relaxed place to spend most of my life so far. I did my undergrad at the University of Oklahoma in history of science, medicine, and technology with a minor in history. OU has a wonderful history of science collections in its library. The time I spent there for classes and research first started my interest in archives. My final semester was spent helping research and design an exhibit on Galileo that the university will be opening next year.
During the semester break I had between graduating from OU and coming to NYU, I worked at the Oklahoma History Center where I was creating a database of the WWI soldiers from the state by examining the draft documents from 1917. This project reinforced for me that I made the right choice in deciding to study archives because I truly loved my work.
Currently, I am a first year student in the M.A. Archives and Public History program concentrating on archives, and I am working at the Fales Library in Bobst. So far, I had a much easier time getting used to the difference in pace of life between Oklahoma and New York City, and I am looking forward to my time here.