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My name is Ali Raza and I was born in the Karachi, Pakistan and I came to the United States when I was two years old. I lived in seven different states growing up before finally moving to Texas in 8th grade and am a proud graduate of El Campo High School in Texas. I have a younger sister and two half-siblings.


I am a first-generation college student where I attended The University of Texas at Austin for undergrad and Florida State University for graduate school. Since my sophomore year in high school, I have been an independent; fully supporting myself financially and helping take care of my family. I understand the importance of education and can empathize with students from a wide array of backgrounds who may be struggling because I have been there myself. Education has been an opportunity to escape the challenges life has presented me and my family.


A personal mantra of mine has always been that you cannot control the external factors in your life, the only thing you can control is yourself and your attitude; that being said, I am an extremely positive person in life and try to bring that with me in any interaction or setting.


I am a people-person by nature. When I am not working or in class, I enjoy spending time with my friends, exploring the city or surrounding area, love anything sports-related, love to cook and eat food, enjoy reading a good book, and appreciate tasting local brews. I take my job seriously but never try to take myself too seriously and love to laugh.

Dish, Ali, and Kyle
HESA at Doak Campbell Stadium
Cohort Practicum
Candid Dalton Shot
Capstone Cohort Photo
The Roommates
Reading in Stone
Dr. Coburn and Ali at Torchbearers
FSU HESA Westcott
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