Hi, my name is Storay! I transferred this semester to UW Madison as a junior, and I’m pursuing a double major in religious studies and philosophy. I was born in Peshawar Pakistan, but my family and I are Afghan; we came to the US as refugees when I was young, and I’ve grown up here since. My family and I are practicing Muslims, so faith is a large part of my life. I’ve had my share of experiences growing up as a minority and those experiences have always pushed me to learn more about my own and other people’s faiths, cultures, and religions. Progress of any kind starts with clean intentions and a good conversation. I hope to have many of those this year in pursuit of a better understanding of other fellows and their traditions, and I’m looking forward to learning how we can all grow in empathy for one another as people in this community, as well as globally.