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Syed Haider

Syed Haider

Austin Bat Cave

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Syed's work combines: Non-Profit Organizations, Writing, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Program Director

I organize free writing workshops for students in Austin by connecting our wide network of volunteers with schools.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

  • Graduate Degree

    Creative Writing

    Texas State University-San Marcos

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an English Language & Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Graduate Degree: Social Work

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Dangerously close to being left back in middle school.

  • 2.

    Parents sent me to Pakistan as a last resort to save my education.

  • 3.

    Switched from pre-med track to English & Creative Writing

  • 4.

    Transferred to smaller state school

  • 5.

    Volunteered for a local nonprofit and taught free writing workshops

  • 6.

    Left teaching to manage nonprofit

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    "You can't do anything with an English degree."

  • How I responded:

    I pursued a degree that taught me how to understand ideas and communicate. I made it practical for the kind of work that I wanted to do and approached my studies with a concrete idea in mind.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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