My name is Aleenah, and I love telling stories.

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First and foremost, I am a story-listener who believes that I can learn from everyone, which I've done through feature writing that focuses on empowering diverse communities, work as a writing tutor,  internships.

Regardless of what story I tell, I intend to make it a good one. Read on to see some things I've worked on!

User Research on Academic Support Programs

Conducted observations, interviews, and a survey to understand how students used the physical space and interacted with tutors at the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment, an on-campus tutoring center. I translated these findings into insights and design recommendations such as revised tutor training and a new layout.

Research and TEchnical Writing at Microsoft

During my internship at Microsoft, I developed an internal deliverable for design and product teams who wanted to design for users with a range of learning styles.

  Affinity analysis from an inclusive design sprint

Affinity analysis from an inclusive design sprint

  Front page of The Daily with a headline that reads "Dance and Culture Unite Beautifully at ASC Talent Show"

Front page of The Daily with a headline that reads "Dance and Culture Unite Beautifully at ASC Talent Show"

Feature writing at The Daily of The University of Washington

I firmly believe that stories are what stick, which is why I dedicate my time to empowering underrepresented voices through my work as a journalist. During my time at the Daily of the University of Washington, I conducted over 300 interviews, authored 88+ articles, wrote news and event coverage about diverse communities across campus, and became the Wellness section editor for a year.

Self-Published Articles on IDentity, storytelling, and profesional development on LinkedIn

After receiving the feedback that I should publish more of my own content, I decided to self-publish on LinkedIn and Medium. My articles explore topics related to identity in the workplace, the power of storytelling in every discipline, and the strategies for reaching out to potential mentors.

  A collage of comments that I received in response to my articles

A collage of comments that I received in response to my articles


What’s my calling?

I begged the stars

Turning up every corner of my life in search of my truth

The answer came back to me

In the form of

a simple statement:

“You must keep writing."