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High School Matters

May 30, 2021

Lauren Nassimi (Lauren Yaghoubi) is a member of the Mashadi community, perhaps the most conservative subculture among the handful of Persian communities in New York. Lauren was a student in my Biology class back in 2002 as a high school freshman. We talk very openly about how growing up as a female in this community has distinct impacts on her experiences in high school, and later in college. As a wife, a mom, and a daughter, she still struggles to this day to figure out how to balance her own desires with her cultural expectations. Her insights are a valuable guide for girls in similar situations.