By Fatima Ajmal, UMHS MSA President
I am the MSA (Muslim Student Association) president this semester at UMHS. I thought of the idea for the talent show last semester because there hasn’t been one since I’ve been here. It was too late toward the end of the semester so I thought I’d bring it up to the MSA the following semester. Coincidentally this semester, I was voted in as MSA president and it looked like the perfect opportunity to put it together.
I wanted to have an event that was fun and brought the school together. I also wanted to clear the misconception that we’re just a religious club. I decided to reach out to a new club this semester, the Christian Community Outreach Program (CCOP), which was relatively unknown and starting off. I thought it would be a great opportunity to help out the new club and bring them on board. So that was how the idea came about.
I decided to name the event “UMHS’ Got Talent.” We just wanted to showcase all the hidden talent we have on campus. I wanted to highlight the fact that besides being medical students on our journey to the same goal, we brought with us our own unique personalities, hobbies and aspirations. There weren’t any winners. But for fun, we had the judges critique the performances and that turned out to be pretty funny. We got to see a different, lighter, more humorous side to the professors, outside of the Classroom. The judges were Dr. Gowda, Dr. McCracken, Dr. Doherty, and Dr. Herrick. I was blown away by the response.
Semesters 2 through 5 had quizzes that day, so we didn’t expect a massive turnout. But we were pleasantly surprised to see the crowd. We were completely sold out, way over capacity for the auditorium, and people were still asking to be let in to stand and watch the show, even though the food was out and there were no seats available. It was an amazing experience and I’m glad we were able to pull it off. The next day I got emails from the professors and had many students come up to me and ask if and when we were hosting the talent show next semester.
All in all, it was a huge success and I am so happy to have been able to bring on CCOP and share the moment with Fabiola Ramos and her team.
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