Zainab Karim, who graduated from National Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication program in 2015, is a professor of English and Psychology and a freelance writer. Her articles and short stories have been published in Jet Magazine, Ebony, XO, Jane, Revelist, Abernathy Magazine and The Liberty Project, to name a few. Below, Zainab shares a bit about her journey in the Master of Science in Written Communication program.
Q: Did you have a concentration and goal for completing the program?
A: Yes, I wanted to become a novelist. My master’s thesis was the beginning of a novel that I am still working on. I also wanted to be a freelance writer, which is a goal I was able accomplish after I graduated.
Q: What is your current job title?
A: I am an English and College Success adjunct professor at Harold Washington College. I am also a freelance writer.
Q: How has the program contributed to your personal/career goals and success?
A: The MS in Written Communication was the catalyst for change in my life. I came into the program with little confidence about writing. Throughout my time in the program I gained much confidence in my writing and in pursuing writing as a career.
Q: What advice would you give new entrants to the program?
A: Believe in your abilities. You voice is important and needed.
Q: What are some of your other recent accomplishments and publications?
A: Mostly recently I have taken a full-time position teaching English and British Literature for Urban Prep Academy. In June, I also received a Master’s Degree in Psychology, so I am also a Psychology contributing faculty member at Kendall College.