• Yasmeen Mannan

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Zahra Chowdhury



Tell me about yourself. When did you come to PVS? What are your hobbies and interests?

  • I am a native Memphian and came to PVS 15 years ago in 2007, when I was in preschool. During my free time, I like to read, hang out with my friends, and watch and play soccer.

How has COVID-19 impacted your senior year?

  • COVID-19 impacted my senior year in a number of ways. For example, my first semester was entirely virtual, which limited my interactions with my class and my teachers, and the travel restrictions and safety precautions prevented me from being able to visit and tour many colleges in person. However, even with all the negative consequences of COVID, I was able to spend more time with my family and truly appreciate the many blessings I take for granted.

What is the worst and best thing about being a senior?

  • I won’t necessarily say there is a worst thing about being a senior, but the college application process can be quite stressful at times. The best thing is the independence and freedom that comes with being a senior. You’re able to have more control over your schedule and how you spend your time, especially in your spring semester.

What do you hope to accomplish throughout or by the end of your senior year? This can be anything, from academics to personal or non-school related goals.

  • By the end of my senior year I hope to graduate and leave behind an impactful legacy at Pleasant View. I hope to become a better Muslim and make some lasting memories with the Class of ‘22!

Who is your biggest hero/role model and why?

  • My biggest role model is Aisha bint Abi Bakr. She is a wonderful example for all Muslims and I admire her for her excellence, scholarship, and religious strength.

What will you miss most about your time at PVS?

  • I will miss my classmates and the amazing network of support I have at PVS. During the last fifteen years, the community here has helped me grow into the person I am today and has provided me with so many resources and opportunities to help me develop personally, academically, and spiritually.

What are your plans for college/after graduation?

  • After graduation, I hope to have a fun and relaxing summer before I head off to college, where I intend to double major in economics and political science and continue my research and advocacy in criminal and juvenile justice reform. Inshallah, I plan to pursue a career in law, with the intention of lowering incarceration rates and improving access to higher education for marginalized communities and youth. I’m looking forward to making new friends and growing as a person in college!

What advice do you have for the underclassmen?

  • Academically, my biggest piece of advice is to stay focused and enjoy the time you have left in high school. Grades and academics are important but you should not sacrifice your well-being or your relationships to do well in school. Do not take your time at PVS for granted and make use of the resources and opportunities available to you! Finally, I would say to have tawakkul and trust in the qadr of Allah (SWT). High school and the college application process can be tumultuous and unpredictable but knowing Allah has the best planned for you should bring you peace and contentment!