I decided to wear the Hijab to my school – which has a relatively diverse student population, but certainly has a distinct affluent white group. Personally, I am Christian, which many of my friends are aware of. Therefore when I came to school wearing a Hijab, many were surprised, but thankfully not judgmental.
On the first day of wearing a Hijab, when I walked into Calculus class, a boy immediately exclaims “Woah” as he notices what I am wearing. He tries to continue, saying “What is…” but stops short as I walk past him, ignoring his reaction.
Other than the reaction from this boy, no one appeared to have a negative reaction to my Hijab. In fact, few people actually asked me why I wore a Hijab, although I am certain they noticed and were curious about the change. Two or three teachers who are more vocal and who I am more comfortable with did ask or comment respectfully, but nothing occurred outside of that.
To my surprise, I received support from a friend who I didn’t realize was raised Muslim when my Hijab began to slide down and show my hair. A few other Muslim friends were very encouraging as well.
Initially, I found wearing a Hijab somewhat uncomfortable – I had wrapped it too tight, and my peripheral vision was covered. But as the week continued, I found wearing the Hijab gave a sense of protection, as well as warmth. These past few days have given me a different view of Islam, and especially in a society which I find often condemns Islamic practices, I know I will be a sure advocate for social acceptance and awareness.