Central Times

Selfish or selfless

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor, Opinions Columnist

November 22, 2018

Filed under Through my lens

As a timid freshman looking for ways to get involved at Naperville Central, I attended Rotary Club meetings that had led me to sign up to volunteer at multiple events in the area. Attending the club meant volunteering at events solely to give back to the community, in line with their motto, “service above self.” ...

Stepping in the right direction

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor

November 1, 2018

Filed under Opinions, Through my lens

Despite my strong connection with my South Asian culture and heritage, there are obvious flaws when it comes to treatment of women in that region and by people raised in that context. Women and young girls are sexually assaulted, harmed, shamed and have certain cultural expectations of being a wife and mother. There are ...

On credibility and risk

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor, Opinions Columnist

September 28, 2018

Filed under Opinions, Through my lens

Two years into high school, I stopped wearing my hijab. After two years of tying my scarf as part of my morning routine, I let my hair down. I know now that taking that risk was worth it. No, I wasn’t forced to wear a hijab by my parents, nor was I forced to remove it by anyone. It was a decision influenced by no one but mys...