In her third year, Mhuriro switched her major from business to political science. She is specifically focusing on diplomacy, defense and development.

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Political science courses align with the woman Natasha Mhuriro is becoming

October 10, 2019
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Natasha Mhuriro didn’t plan on majoring in political science when she began her studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She started her academic life with a double major in business administration and economics. However, she realized that her passion for female empowerment and community service wouldn’t be fulfilled if she continued on her current path.

“After taking some time to speak to my academic advisor and jotting down my reasons for studying business and economics, I realized that a lot of my motivation was based on career expectations from my parents and my peers, as well as the fact that this program would land me a ‘good job’ after completing my studies,” says Mhuriro. “These reasons definitely did not align or resonate with the woman that I am becoming.”

In her third year, Mhuriro switched her major from business to political science. She is specifically focusing on diplomacy, defense and development.

“I am proud to be completing my studies in this program, as this will be a stepping stone for me to empower young women,” she says.

Mhuriro wants to start initiatives that will encourage young women to foster positive societal change by taking an active role in shaping public, economic and development policies.

As president of SFU’s African Students’ Association (ASA), Mhuriro has demonstrated her commitment to and passion for community service. During her tenure at the ASA, the association has expanded to serve SFU alumni as well as current students. It has hosted community programs, such as a dialogue series, that has brought students of various cultural backgrounds together. The responsibilities and challenges of the position have helped Mhuriro to develop strong leadership qualities.

“With growing responsibilities have come challenges and struggles that have molded me into becoming a better leader,” Mhuriro says. “I am thankful for the opportunities to grow within my classes, the associations I have led and been part of, and most importantly, my service to this community.”

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