Carroll School of Management student Jessie Cheng explores the mental health struggles and entertainment industry pressures faced by pop stars in her new novel, Unglamored. Rose B.D., a young Chinese American singer, seems to have it all. But when symptoms of an eating disorder become too much to ignore, Rose finds herself having to choose between the life she has worked so hard to build and the severe aftermath of neglecting her needs. Cheng’s novel shines a light on the need to have better conversations surrounding mental health and highlights the power of vulnerability, resilience, and meaningful human connection. More from The Heights | Carroll School News.
Urwa Hameed, who was accepted to Boston College at age 14 and will graduate this month with a degree in political science and international studies, has published Steering Towards Change: Women Politicians Challenging Patriarchy, Class and Power in Pakistan. Hameed was born in Pakistan, a democratic nation based on Islamic principles yet deeply rooted in traditional conservative cultural practices. The book is based on in-person interviews Hameed conducted with 45 female politicians in Pakistan. The politicians spoke to her about the role education, religion, and financial dependence played in their political journeys. Hameed was moved by the personal stories of women who had overcome poverty, patriarchal oppression, and abuse to achieve their political goals, and she hopes Steering Towards Change will serve as an inspiration for girls and young women. The book has been published in English and Urdu. Hameed plans to attend law school and envisions working as a global advocate for immigrant and women’s rights. Read more from BC News.