Have You Met...Meera?

Have you met Meera, third year Sociology major and founder of YEG Seniors Project and co-creator of Seniors of Humanity? Spend the next few minutes getting to know her a bit better!


Welcome YouAlberta’s “Have You Met” series in collaboration with @ualbertastudents! Every other week we’ll get to know a student from the University of Alberta.

What three words best describe your U of A experience?

Memorable, Challenging, Growth. 

Why did you decide to study your major?

Entering university, I wanted to advance my skills and knowledge in the Arts, as they were my strong suits in my secondary education. I had a great interest in Sociology, Psychology, and English, and decided that Sociology would be a great major and foundation that would apply to various career fields. 

What advice would you give to your first year self?

Get involved! Explore your interests and passions. Get out of your comfort zone, and connect with your fellow University of Alberta peers and professors, create those social connections as they could benefit you down the road. Remember the importance of finding balance between academics and personal life. 

You can invite anyone — alive or dead, real or fictional — to dinner. Who would it be?

Interesting question... I would invite my Afghan Grandfather who passed away when I was twelve years old. I would like to know his opinion and thoughts on who I have become.   

What is your favourite way to unwind after a long day?

Visiting my Grandparents as they are my next-door neighbours!, going for a walk, golfing if the weather permits, online shopping (retail therapy sure does the trick), and sleeping. 

What do you miss most about campus/in-person classes?

The social aspect of university, the campus environment, the opportunities of getting to know new people, and involving oneself in university in-person activities. 

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of being the founder of YEG Seniors Project (instagram: @yegseniorsproject), where I strive to find creative ways to engage the community with seniors, all while launching this initiative during early COVID-19. 

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Coffee. I am sure many university students can relate, as I am standing next to you all in the campus Starbucks. Unfortunately, the Tim Horton’s line is too long for my patience. 

What is your go-to study snack?

Any fruits or vegetables are a great study snack for me! 

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by all people, especially those who conduct humanitarian work, through positively enhancing their communities while bringing active change for the benefit of vulnerable populations. I am also inspired by those who motivate and encourage others to be their highest, best self. 


About Meera

Meera is a 3rd Year Faculty of Arts student, majoring in Sociology with a minor in English, en route to pursue her Social Work career. She has contributed thousands of hours in volunteering and leadership in the community, such as the University of Alberta hospital providing companionship to patients, and the University of Alberta’s Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research, engaging with clients to increase speech confidence. Additionally, Meera is engaged with her Ismaili Muslim community, holding various volunteer and leadership positions, while being the founder of YEG Seniors Project and founder/co-creator of Seniors of Humanity.