About Noora Ahmed ’23
Noora Ahmed ’23 may not have known what she wanted for her major, but she knew from the very beginning what it was about Sage that spoke to her most clearly:
“Sage does a very good job of making women feel empowered.”
And, while Noora understands why the college is becoming coed, she believes it’s critical that it stays connected to its roots as a women’s college, and continues to be a leader in championing women’s rights and causes.
“There are a lot of us girls who still want and need that,” she says. And that’s a big reason why Noora is serving as a student ambassador for the Women’s Institute.
Starting in fall 2020, the Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College will offer public programs, panels, conferences, and community partnerships—with a focus on constructive dialogue about contemporary women’s issues.
Noora will be taking advantage of these programs. Meanwhile, she will continue her progress as a Psychology major, with a goal of becoming a counselor focused on helping women and couples.
Noora remembers how as a freshman she had no idea what she wanted to do, and became part of the Academic Exploration program (AEX). This program allowed her to take a combination of courses that satisfied requirements and let her explore potential academic interests.
Noora says AEX took all the pressure and anxiety out of trying to find her path. Even more, she says, she was encouraged to believe that she would, in fact, figure it all out. Which she did.
She also gives credit to her professors.
“Sage really is a family,” Noora says. “The professors want to know how you’re doing both inside and outside the classroom. I really consider them friends. They do everything in their power to help you succeed.”
Noora commutes to Sage from her home in Averill Park. She says being a commuter has had its own special benefits.
“There’s a commuter’s lounge on the Troy campus where I’ve met a lot of amazing people,” she says. “And made some very close friends.”
Over the next two years, Noora says her goal is to deepen these friendships, as well as deepen her knowledge of psychology, women’s issues, and ways she can make a difference.
“Sage really is a family. The professors want to know how you’re doing both inside and outside the classroom. I really consider them friends. They do everything in their power to help you succeed.”