About Me

  I am a collector of stories, jokes, and song recommendations (as my laptop stickers suggest), and I want to hear yours.

I am a collector of stories, jokes, and song recommendations (as my laptop stickers suggest), and I want to hear yours.

My name is Aleenah Ansari, and I am a senior at the University of Washington studying Human Centered Design and Engineering and Comparative History of Ideas.

More than that, I am a:

storyteller, 

educator,

& journalist.

Stories are my favorite form of expression. I’d like to think that my stories are always honest, never filtered, and makes people feel something. I have written stories for publications like Microsoft’s IT Showcase,  SheHasDrive, and my college’s newspaper, The Daily of the University of Washington.

A little about the inspiration for my writing

My love of writing started with reading the work of poets of color like Rupi Kaur and Nayyirah Waheed who describe the ways they heal from trauma and reckon with questions about identity and belonging. Their work reminds me that it’s powerful to unabashedly tell your story – and when someone tells their story, the most powerful thing we can do is listen without interrupting and say, “I believe you.” I want to help other people create experiences and stories that leave them feeling empowered, inspired, and excited about the future.

Things I’m currently doing:

  • Studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic to study human rights, identity, and memory

  • Writing articles for the Seattle Times, Flawless Hacks, and other publications

  • Gearing up to write my thesis and do my engineering capstone before graduating in Spring 2019

When I'm not in class or at work, you can find me transcribing interviews, creating playlists on Spotify that reflect my mood (my current playlist is called "Kanye attitude with Drake feelings and J. Cole soul" - follow me here), and buying Americanos with white chocolate.

If you ever need help telling your story (or just want to chat over coffee), you can reach me at aansari@uw.edu.

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