Jasmeet Kaur Sidhu: Top 10 College Women

jksJasmeet Kaur Sidhu is a 21-year-old aspiring journalist, who currently writes aclimate blogfor the Toronto Star (she even has The Langar Hall listed as one of her links!). She was recenly chosen as one of the Top 10 College Women for Glamour Magazine (hat tip: Maple Leaf Sikh). The award is usually given out to college students in the US, however, Jasmeet(a Canadian) was picked to be part of the group this year!

Jasmeet is the founder of the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance (PEYA), a network of students in the Peel Region working to implement environmental programs in all 220 Peel Region schools.She is currently studying Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. Her dream is to become an international journalist.

As a sophomore, Sidhu wrote to the Toronto Star suggesting ways for the paper to improve its coverage. She was promptly asked to join the Community Editorial Boardthe youngest member everand soon started writing opinion columns for the Star, Canadas largest newspaper. Sidhu, whose family moved from Malaysia to Canada when she was a baby, has covered everything from HIV/AIDS in Africa to climate change. As the peace and conflict major says, My mother used to deliver the Star when we first came to Canada. Now her daughter writes for the very same newspaper. Amazing, right?!

Jasmeet’s dedication to the field of environmental and climateimprovements is noteworthy. She previously blogged for the Toronto Star during the 2008 UN Climate Change Conference in Poland.

Something that I have always believed in and work hard to aspire is to be a role-model for young girls, who may be looking at newspapers and on the internet searching for women just like them, from their communities and hometowns, who are working hard to make change and to build careers, whether it is on climate change, medicine, humanitarian work etc. [link]

It’s great to hear about young Sikh women who paving paths by building their careers based on passion. Her advice to others? Do not overestimate the competition, or underestimate yourself. We wish her well on this journey!


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10 Responses to “Jasmeet Kaur Sidhu: Top 10 College Women”

  1. nama din says:

    Chak de phatte!!

    I hope one day she becomes one to monitor power and the centers of power.

  2. nama din says:

    Chak de phatte!!

    I hope one day she becomes one to monitor power and the centers of power.

  3. British Sikh says:

    congratulations bhain jee!

  4. British Sikh says:

    congratulations bhain jee!

  5. K. says:

    That is quite the accomplishment and reason to celebrate. One thing that I have noticed in her writing is that she always confuses being "Punjabi" with being "Sikh". In past articles she has used the words "Sikh" and "Punjabi" interchangeably, when in my opinion (and perhaps some may agree) they are two seperate groups, one being a cultural group and one religious (although many or even most Sikhs are Punjabi). Her articles make it sound like certain pratices/problems in the Punjabi community are Sikh practices. For example: female infanticide may be a problem in the Punjabi community, but that does not mean that it is a practice amongst Sikhs. I caught that about her writing, being Punjabi I understood what she was trying to say. Most readers of the Star are probably non-Punjabi and would read the articles and associate violence against women, female infanticide as problems and practices in the Sikh community. When in fact, Sikhism prohibits them but Punjabis practice them anyway.

  6. K. says:

    That is quite the accomplishment and reason to celebrate. One thing that I have noticed in her writing is that she always confuses being “Punjabi” with being “Sikh”. In past articles she has used the words “Sikh” and “Punjabi” interchangeably, when in my opinion (and perhaps some may agree) they are two seperate groups, one being a cultural group and one religious (although many or even most Sikhs are Punjabi). Her articles make it sound like certain pratices/problems in the Punjabi community are Sikh practices. For example: female infanticide may be a problem in the Punjabi community, but that does not mean that it is a practice amongst Sikhs. I caught that about her writing, being Punjabi I understood what she was trying to say. Most readers of the Star are probably non-Punjabi and would read the articles and associate violence against women, female infanticide as problems and practices in the Sikh community. When in fact, Sikhism prohibits them but Punjabis practice them anyway.

  7. baingandabhartha says:

    K, agree with you 100%. I have had to correct a large number of ppl (US/Canadian born/raised) that punjabi does not=Sikh.

  8. baingandabhartha says:

    K, agree with you 100%. I have had to correct a large number of ppl (US/Canadian born/raised) that punjabi does not=Sikh.

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