Social Studies is Hiba Qureshi’s favorite class at Lincoln Junior High in Naperville, where she’s a fully included seventh grader.
What does she like best? “Doing my homework,” she says, adding that she’s also especially enjoyed learning more about India, home to her maternal grandparents. What does she love most about India? “The dances,” says this young lady who loves joining in on the traditional dances at family weddings.
With an eight-year-old brother and two little sisters, including one who is just five months old, Hiba gets to help her mom out quite a bit by, “doing laundry, changing diapers, holding her, watching her.”
Here’s more of Sam’s interview with Hiba:
Favorite vacation memories? “Swimming in the outdoor pool.”
What are some of your favorite activities, outside of school? “Basketball, swinging and playing at the park, swimming, movie nights.”
Favorite movies and shows?
“Raven’s Home, Descendants and Descendants 2, Frozen, Boss Baby”
What are you most looking forward to?
“A sleepover with cousins.”
After a three-year struggle with school administrators in Glendale Heights, Hiba’s parents moved to Naperville so she could be included in the regular classroom.
These days, some of Hiba’s dreams are big: “to go to college,” and “to be a doctor.” And some are simple: “I want a dog,” she says.