Ali Niaz isn’t going to be a doctor, and that’s OK

February 9, 2024
Ali Niaz, a Colorado State University English and journalism student, sits in the school's podcast studio February 6, 2024.Ali Niaz, a Colorado State University English and journalism student, sits in the school's podcast studio February 6, 2024.Ryan Warner/CPR News
Ali Niaz, a Colorado State University English and journalism student, sits in the school's podcast studio February 6, 2024.

Colorado State University English and journalism student Ali Niaz has made a film about the pressure on South Asian kids to become doctors and engineers. He had to convince his own parents that a career in the humanities has value. Niaz met Ryan Warner in the CSU podcast studio to discuss his award-winning documentary, "The Rocket Scientist Versus The Journalist: A Battle Within Culture."