Meet the Writer (Quarantine Edition): Sheeba Atiqi

Sheeba Atiqi is both a writer and photographer for TulsaKids Magazine
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We interviewed some of our writers about their work with TulsaKids Magazine as well as their experience with social distancing. In this article, learn more about Sheeba Atiqi, who writes our I Am a Tulsa Kid column and works as a freelance photographer. Read her latest I Am a Tulsa Kid interview here.

Q: How long have you been writing for TulsaKids?

A: I started freelance with TulsaKids in 2011… oh how time flies!

Q: What is one of the most memorable articles you’ve written for TulsaKids, and why?

A: I really wish I could pick just one, but i’ve gotten to meet some incredibly amazing people young and old. But I do have to say I had the opportunity to photograph Muriel Fahrion, the original creator of Strawberry Shortcake! (insert fangirl moment)

Q: What do you do outside of writing for us?

A: I work in Emergency Services.

Q: How has social distancing affected your daily/weekly routine?

A: I miss getting ice cream with friends after a long day of work.

Q: In three words, how would you explain your #socialdistancing experience?

A: Restful, grateful… and slightly boring.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned through quarantine?

A: I have learned that we are part of a beautiful community; when the going got tough, we united as one. Everything that mattered didn’t matter anymore, we just loved and cared for one another.

Q: What has been the hardest aspect of social distancing for you?

A: Not being there for loved ones when they need you the most and missing out on milestones.

Q: Have you identified any “silver linings” through the quarantine experience, or do you have a positive story to share?

A: For being socially distanced from everyone, it’s actually brought us closer! I now look forward to my weekly zoom dates with my family from all over the world, definitely brought us closer!

Q: What has been most helpful to you at this time?

A: Being outside! Definitely have started to enjoy going on walks by myself or even getting creative and working out on the driveway!

Q: What aspect of your pre-social distancing life do you miss most?

A: The crazy adventures and travels with my best friend!

Q: What are some things you are doing to stay connected with friends and family?

A: Thank goodness for group video calls!!!

Q: What are your grateful for?

A: My friends, family and co-workers! Wouldn’t be able to stay sane if it weren’t for them!

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