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How to Style Your Hijab for Class

With the recent celebration of World Hijab Day women across the globe shared what their relationship with their hijab is like on social media. Those who wear it everyday spoke about their experiences and those who wear it sometimes expressed how it made them feel. For women, it is not only a religious or cultural object but also a symbol of freedom – the freedom to choose what they want to do with their bodies, whether they choose to wear the hijab or not. We asked Ohio University graduate student Sundus Zahra what exactly a hijab is. “For me hijab is any piece of scarf, shawl, stole or cloth that you somehow style around your head,”, she says. She was brought up in Pakistan and wears hijab when she wants to. “From where I come from a lot of people wear hijab for religious reasons which is great. But I don’t always wear it for religious reasons.” So, we asked her to show us how she styles her hijab for when she wears it to class. Brace yourself for some serious fashion envy!

  • Play with the prints.

“Hijab can be of different levels, hijab can involve completely covering your head or it could be slightly covering your head,” says Zahra. Here she wears a bright kurta (a long top typically till your knee) and understated straight-leg pants with embroidery. She pairs this with a bright hijab with floral prints that she casually throws around her head and shiny silver flats. This outfit is perfect for summer when you want to wear light fabrics and comfortable kicks.

  • Ace it with accessories.

Zahra says, “How you play around with your hair and how you pair hijab with your earrings – it makes you look different.” Here she combines a top with busy prints with a solid-colored hijab in a soft, nude tone. She pairs this with her long, dangling earrings and wears eye-catching makeup. Pair this with high heels for when you must dress formally for an important presentation in class.

  • Go all out with outerwear.

If you don’t want the hijab to be the focus of your outfit, pair it with bright jackets. “Different styles of hijab bring out a different personality in you,” says Zahra. She wears a pale pink hijab with geometric motifs along with a bright red trench coat. She keeps the rest of the outfit simple with a grey tee and fitted, black trousers. This is an easy outfit perfect for those 9 am classes.

  • Dealing with details.

For when you want to make an impression, you can also pair your hijab with other eye-catching elements for a memorable look. Zahra says, “On my gloomy days if I put a bright lipstick and if I dress up it cheers me up.” She pairs her black hijab covered in silver accents with a drool-worthy jacket with gold detailing. Wear this when you’re fishing for compliments!

Most importantly Zahra suggests that you should wear hijab in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident. “Everyone should be allowed to wear and style their clothes the way they want,” she says.



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Hobbits, Hills, & High Tide

Emily Doll thought she had it.

Step one: the surfboard was in the water. Step two: she pushed off, throwing her body onto the board as the wave crashed behind her. And step three: she stood up, and promptly fell into the freezing cold waters of the South Pacific Ocean. Apparently, surfing on Sydney, Australia’s Bondi Beach is not as easy as the locals make it look.

Emily, a sophomore studying Spanish and integrated media, had the adventure of a lifetime her senior year at Tippecanoe High School through one of the school’s program.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Australia because for me, it’s like that ultimate destination,” she said.

The lucky group flew from Columbus to Los Angeles, spent the day exploring Hollywood, and hopped a red eye to Auckland, New Zealand. Although the clouds and fog covered most of any land she could see from the plane, the country soon showed its true beauty through endless rolling hills and a bright blue sky.

The people of New Zealand proved themselves to be the friendliest people Emily had ever met. They asked all about the group’s trip and welcomed them with warm smiles.

“The people were all just so nice.”

In the three days she spent in Auckland, they traveled all over, stopping at Rotorua, a city in the heart of the north island, where there is a lot of geothermic activity, including geysers and hot mud pools. Hobbiton, the famous site of the Lord of the Rings films, was also on their list of places to visit. One that Emily couldn’t contain her excitement, or her inner nerd.

“I think I cried on three separate occasions,” she said.

Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ house set from Lord of the Rings.

Following New Zealand, they traveled to Sydney for five days, where Emily learned to surf (sort of) after visiting the Sydney Opera House.

“I was riding these tiny waves and then I’d look over and see these professional riding these three times the size of mine.”

Since it was June, and Australia’s winter, it was cold. But that didn’t stop her.

“I would have done it for five more days if I could.”

Zoo trips, boat rides, and a visit to the Sydney Tower Eye filled the remaining days. On the final day, Emily’s group traveled to the Blue Mountains, where they hiked a couple miles and hopped on the Scenic Railway, which took them straight up at 64 degrees, the steepest incline in the world.

Even the hours of bus rides and flights couldn’t keep Emily from holding on to every second of her trip. She had the chance to throw herself into an environment that spoke to her.

“My favorite part (of traveling) is immersing myself in that culture.”

The final leg of the trip took them to Fiji, the popular tropical island destination in the South Pacific. There, Emily discovered a whole new lifestyle from the one she had always experienced. Everyone in Fiji lived slower lives, she said. There was no rushing, no time constraints, just simply life.

“I would give anything to go back. I can’t wait.”

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