My name is Sabina Haque, and I am an eleventh grade day student at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, USA. Throughout my life, I have always had a passion for reading, writing, and literature. In my ninth grade year, I was awarded the Freshman Book Prize in English for Writing on our school’s Cum Laude Day. I have been the editor of our school’s literary magazine, the Consortium, for two years now. As the Consortium editor, I accept student prose, poetry, and artwork, place them in a specific order, and digitally format them into a magazine. I have also written several articles for the school newspaper, the Spectrum. In addition, I have also done a great deal of volunteer work, both within and outside of school. At school, I am the co-leader of our school’s cultural and current events club, the Cultural Coffeehouse. I am also an active member of the Community Service Club, which raises money and donates to various non-profit organizations. Outside of school, I have volunteered at the Carroll School, in Lincoln, Massachusetts as an Science Teacher’s Assistant for a few weeks during the past two years, and also worked there as an Assistant Librarian during the summer after my ninth grade year. Finally, during last summer, I was an intern for Habitat for Humanity in Worcester, Massachusetts. Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that builds homes for disadvantaged people in urban areas.
At school, my academic choices lean towards the sciences and math, and I will be leading a workshop this summer for high school students interested in Biotechnology.
I am interested in working on the Children’s Literature Festival because of my own personal connection to literature. Reading from a young age has helped me develop many of the skills and characteristics I have today. Books have given me the ability to view things from different perspectives, to think critically, to be a more creative person, and to simply appreciate the beauty of words. Thinking of how positively books have impacted my own life, I want all children to have the resources to develop these skills, too. The Children’s Literature Festival’s approach is a remarkable way to expose children to the vast world of literature and to cultivate widespread creativity and stimulation. In addition, my school encourages its students to volunteer for a cause that we are passionate about helping, instead of gathering credits. While literature is a subject that does strike a personal chord with me, I also wanted to pursue volunteer opportunities in Pakistan to create closer bonds to my native country.