Over the spring break, I talked to a girl I met in my belly dancing class. I pulled Romana aside (after class) and asked her if we could grab coffee so I could interview her for an anthropology project. She was hesitant at first, but I offered to buy her coffee. With this bribery, she immediately said yes. In order for her to feel more comfortable, I told her to pick any place she would like to go to for coffee. She recommended Store Street Espresso.
So on the day we were supposed to meet, I grabbed a table at the back of the coffee shop and waited for her to come inside. When she came, I was shocked. She was dressed up in a hijab, a long sleeved cardigan, and long pants. I was speechless, and had to take a double take to make sure it was her. I had never seen her in this attire and it was so completely different from her dance attire. In the dance class, she wore a long black sleeved shirt, full black leggings and her hair tied up in a bun. Nevertheless, in this attire, she still walked to me with confidence and a huge smile on her face.
This interview was fantastic. Romana gave me very detailed and informative responses for each question I asked her. As a result, the interview went on for an hour. I found myself particularly interested by the fact that she was wearing a hijab. She was the very first person that I have ever talked to in a hijab. I always thought of women in hijab as somewhat introverted and quiet, but this girl represented everything loud and extroverted that I could think of. This really made me think of perspectives and how we come to think of the ideas that we think about. Why did I think individuals in hijabs were more subjugated than those without one, and how could I even think like this as a Muslim? It really made me think, and I just loved meeting with her because of this.