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Student Snapshot: Myra Naqvi ’25

Myra Naqvi '25

Myra Naqvi ’25 is a decorated student-athlete and member of the Army ROTC. On top of these two big-time commitments, she's made the Dean’s List every semester. In 2022, she interned with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in her home county, helping residents with applications for emergency housing assistance. Last year, she interned at the U.S. Army War College, where she researched lessons learned from the Russia-Ukraine war and assisted a National Guard officer with research on Ukrainian perspectives and history.

Hometown:

Maytown, Pennsylvania.

Major:

International studies, with a minor in political science.

Clubs and organizations:  

Army ROTC, cross country and track and field, Student-Athlete Advisory Club and Tactical Leaders Club (president).

Honors/scholarships/awards:

Three-year Army ROTC scholarship, Hollister and David Petraeus Scholarship, All-Region cross-country athlete (2021 and 2022), 2022 All-Conference cross-country athlete, All-Academic athlete (2021 and 2022), March 2023 Cadet of the Month and Dean’s List.

Favorite book:

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Best thing about my Dickinson experience so far:

The ability to connect with my peers, professors, cadre and coaches. The Dickinson community has inspired, motivated and challenged me to be the best version of myself. I can always count on our campus community for support!

As I kid, I wanted to be …

… a war correspondent.

On choosing Dickinson:

I decided to attend Dickinson so that I could continue my studies while also pursuing my love for running. Additionally, a liberal-arts education has allowed me to explore my interests in the classroom.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …

… my sister, Lyla.

About my internships:

In summer 2022 I interned with the Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. I assisted residents in applying for rental assistance under the CARES Act, which provides funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designed to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the housing authority was overwhelmed with applications for emergency rental assistance, and I was interested in helping them manage their workload. As an intern, I had the opportunity to work both behind the scenes and directly with residents. Interning at the housing authority allowed me to strengthen my communication skills and adaptability.

During the past academic year, I interned at the U.S. Army War College. I worked alongside Dr. [John] Nagl and his team to research lessons learned from Russia’s war in Ukraine. More specifically, I assisted Ukrainian National Guard Officer Colonel Grabchak in writing his chapter on Ukrainian perspective and history. Interning at the War College not only allowed me to strengthen my writing, research and communication skills, but it also exposed me to a community of highly educated Army officers who were able to provide insight on all the opportunities that the Army has to offer.

Post-Dickinson plans:

Commission in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and possibly pursue a law degree. Travel. Continue running.

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:

Have confidence in your competence!

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Published October 19, 2023