Class of 2021
Majors: History, English, and Human Rights
Minors: Classical Studies, Latin, Arabic, Women’s and Gender Studies
Chaudhry was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but spent most of his life in Dallas. He has wonderful parents and two great sisters. His role model is his grandfather who is 89 years old. Chaudhry's grandfather was born in a rural Punjabi village and became the first in his family to achieve higher education. For most of his career, he worked in education as an English teacher at various government public high schools in and around Lahore. Chaudhry's grandfather’s precedent has really instilled in Chaudhry a passion for learning. Chaudhry attended Highland Park High School, and chose to go to SMU because he was familiar with the campus since he has lived in the neighborhood. His lifelong passion has always been history, so it was only natural that he became a History major. His favorite topics in history are the ancient world and South Asia. Thanks to the great mentors and professors here at SMU in the History Dept., Chaudhry has been able to develop his passion in new directions. During the summer of 2018, he was able to do an internship at the Dallas Historical Society for three credit hours towards his History degree. The UHP has also enabled him to make the most of his time here at SMU. Most Honors specific courses are small and discussion-based, and he really loves that. During his sophomore year, the UHP was able to cover the costs of an optional Spring Break trip to Jerusalem for a Medieval Studies course he was taking. Chaudhry has also had a keen interest in language throughout his life. He is fluent in Punjabi, Urdu/Hindi, and Spanish. At SMU, he has taken first year Ancient Greek, and is currently undertaking a minor in Latin and Arabic. He recently won the Phillip H. Solomon award in Greek and the MacLamore Family Scholarship in Classical Studies. In Spring 2019, he presented a term paper on Roman slavery that he had written in Professor Melissa Dowling’s course on Ancient Rome at the first annual Body, Place, and Identity Conference at the University of North Texas. In addition, he recently declared an English Major, and will be going to Oxford this summer to start making progress on that. Chaudhry's ultimate goal is law school, and thus he feels that his liberal arts education will be very helpful. However, he feels that everyone ought to study the humanities because that is how you develop yourself as a better and more knowledgeable human being, in his opinion. As of now, he does not know what type of law he would want to practice, but he is inclined towards civil/human rights law.