Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Upward TREND

Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Upward TREND

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SAKINA HAJI WAS BORN IN INDIA AND LIVED ABROAD UNTIL SHE WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD. When her family moved to Houston that year for her father's job with Exxon, she didn't even know what the United States was. Now, a little more than a decade later, the junior Economics major has competed in high school Model U.N. competitions, lobbied on Capitol Hill and argued for Baylor's mock trial team.

Incoming Baylor students may recognize Haji's name and voice. When she's not focused on her corporate attorney ambitions, she moonlights as an admissions telecounselor, describing and answering questions about Baylor to prospective Bears. But she hadn't always planned on going to Baylor.

"When I actually visited campus, that's what changed my mind and really made me want to come here," she said. "I knew it was a Christian school, so I didn't know what it was going to be like, but I felt really welcomed by everyone I met and everyone I talked to. I could see myself here."

As a Muslim student, Haji admits it was a bit daunting to attend a Baptist university.

"I didn't know what to expect," she said. "I had never been in a very religious living community before. When I came here, I actually learned there are more similarities than differences. I've always been kind of conservative. I have a conservative family and upbringing, so that really made me happy to come to Baylor, and that really made my parents happy."

If it was intimidating at first, it didn't take long for Haji to And her place at Baylor. …

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