Out in the Open

He used to mask his class to cut it as a lawyer – but 'making it' came with a cost

As an aspiring lawyer, Muhammad Faridi used to study table manners, practice speaking like businessmen and pretend he was into high art to mask his family's socioeconomic class. He doesn't have to anymore, now that he's a partner at a prestigious firm. But as he tells Piya, the consequence of making it for him has meant losing old friends and a sense of belonging.

Muhammad Faridi studied table manners, practiced speaking like businessmen and pretended he was into high art

Muhammad Faridi is an attorney based in New York (Submitted by Muhammad Faridi)

This story was originally published on September 20, 2019.

As an aspiring lawyer, Muhammad Faridi used to study table manners, practice speaking like businessmen and pretend he was into high art to mask his family's socioeconomic class.

He doesn't have to anymore, now that he's a partner at a prestigious firm.

But as Faridi tells Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay, the consequence of making it for him has meant losing old friends and a sense of belonging.


This story appears in the Out in the Open episode "Come to Pass".

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