“My mom and dad have different kinds of worries for me. For me not to change, for me not to disappoint them, and they worry about how I’m going to adapt since I’m a Muslim. But I tell them that it’s going to be all good. I'm going to become an independent woman and I'll be the best I can be. I’ll make them proud.”

Rabia's elementary school principal describes here as the “future politician in the class.” She is outspoken and confident, ready to take on the world.  Her parents call her the “drama queen.” She loves to act, to draw and to play soccer in her Muslim youth soccer league. 

After spending four years at ISNA, a private Islamic school in the Toronto-area, Rabia is ready — though admittedly nervous — for a new adventure as she heads to Port Credit, a public high school, where she has been accepted into the highly competitive Sci/Tech program.

For more stories about Muslim teens making the transition to Canadian high schools, watch 14 & Muslim.