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This is the moment I’ve been waiting for. I rip off the plastic packaging, tighten my fingers around the mortarboard and unfurl my $77.10 graduation gown, in all its overpriced glory. I turn towards my roommate of four years, Olivia. “It’s huge,” I say. “Kind of like an oversized T-shirt.” Olivia slides her arms into the sleeves. They billow around her petite body, making her look like a five-foot-tall judge in a red robe. “It looks like a costume,” she says. I wish that were true — that it is a costume, that we’re just playing pretend — because I am more afraid than I have ever been. In one week, I will graduate from Stony Brook University and leave behind the four greatest years of my life. There were so many “firsts” in those four years — my first kiss, my first all-nighter for a final exam, my first…

Post-college is always a scary thought for many graduates, but not many can say they’ll be jump-starting this new chapter of their lives in Mexico. For Hanaa’ Tameez, her journalism career will start in Mexico City this July as she enters a three month fellowship with The Wall Street Journal. As a journalism student at Stony Brook, getting the opportunity to write for a big name publication like The Wall Street Journal is a big deal. “At first I was like ‘Holy Shit,’ and then I thought, ‘okay how do I tell my parents?’ and then my third thought was like ‘Holy Shit,’” Hanaa’ said. As the current Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman, a journalism advisory board member and mentor, Hanaa’s time at Stony Brook has revolved around journalism. “I think because I’ve been able to do a lot of different things and because I’ve had different experiences in the school…