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Wesleyan alumnae credits her independence to her time at Wesleyan

“Wesleyan College taught me to love myself first and speak in what I believe in. This school has been a foundation for me to be the independent woman I am today.”

- Wesleyan College, Henaa Razzak '10

Wesleyan College 2010 graduate Henaa Razzak left Wesleyan with a Biology major and Neuroscience minor before going on to receive her master's of public health at Mercer School of Medicine and master's in neuroscience at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Currently, Razzak is studying at the American University School of Medicine, preparing for boards for medical school. She is also finishing up a Masters in Business Administration with a healthcare management concentration online at Davenport University. With all of the programs that Razzak has been a part of, she says Wesleyan College is where she felt most comfortable.

“I always wanted to go to a small liberal arts school because I went to a very big high school and didn't feel heard in the classroom. Thus, I wanted a better-quality education in which the professors can dedicate their time to each student.”

Razzak says she remembers touring the college and meeting former Wesleyan President Ruth Knox while jogging. "She told my parents, 'That's the girl who will come to our college.' I'll never forget that moment," she said.

As a medical student, Razzak's board studies brought her back to Georgia, where she says she realized the need for freedom and the ability to become her 'own person.' Razzak says that her culture has played a significant role in her journey toward a newfound feeling of liberation.

"Growing up in my culture, I saw a lot of women staying at home for school at their parent's house or staying at a family friend's house because they were a girl…"

Ultimately, Razzak says Wesleyan College is what brought her back to Macon.

“This was the College that taught me to have my own voice and that I did not have to ask for freedom or independence; it's a basic right,” said Razzak.

“I grew up very sheltered, and I saw a lot of women not being able to pursue what they wanted to do in life. They either went back to their home countries and/or got married and never finished what they started in their education. I did not want to be like that. I always knew I wanted to be a physician, and Wesleyan College gave me that fuel to keep going no matter what.”

Razzak also credits where she is today to the educational and workplace opportunities provided to her through Wesleyan, as well as the connections and small class sizes.

“I sometimes wonder if I went to a different college, what my thinking and my life would be like, and I know for a fact that I wouldn't be where I am today. I am very grateful for Wesleyan College, and till this day, I have built very strong connections with the people at Wesleyan College.”



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