UAlbany student’s way with words getting noticed by big names

March 23, 2017 06:43 PM

She writes about social issues for MTV, blogs about Taylor Swift, is about to get a job with a big media and financial group and she's still in college.

Zainub Amir does not wait for others to give her permission to be huge!

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Walk onto the campus of UAlbany and you'll find a giant banner with a picture of Amir.

She's not a professor or a major donor. She is a student getting noticed for dreaming big. It all began when she was in high school.

"They reached out to me saying, ‘Hey, we need more people in music. We need more people in the entertainment world writing about this who are your age, who can also resonate with your opinions,'" recalled Amir.

She's talking about the Huffington Post, an online news site.  They took notice of her blog, detailing her opinions on music by artists like Hillary Duff and Taylor Swift.

"Those lyrics are stories in themselves and they tell a story that you can resonate with, whether it's about family or friendship," noted Amir.

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When she started at UAlbany, she continued blogging about Swift, accumulating over 120,000 followers on Twitter. Even Swift noticed.

"She invited me to her ‘1989 [tour]' launch party. She said, ‘Hey Zee, how's it going! Hey, buddy!' I was like, ‘You know who I am,' and she was like, ‘I invited you here, duh,'" recalled Amir.

However, her writings aren't all about lyrics and videos. Last year, she wrote a telling piece for MTV about growing up Muslim in Delmar, N.Y.

Her opinions have also created an opportunity with Dick Clark Productions and she got a shout-out on the Today Show.

Amir doesn't have a journalism degree and from her perspective doesn't need one. Her pieces are opinion based. In fact, she says waiting for approval from others before you take risks, live your dreams, or pursue ideas is one of the biggest mistakes young women can make.

"If you're passionate about something, don't wait for a clear-cut path to be made for you. Make the path yourself," she advised.

Amir will graduate in May with a degree in marketing and finance and work in financial analytics with Bloomberg Media.


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