A star that shone brightly.
Life is a maze. You have to make your way out by passing through it’s segments. And each stage is an experience of it’s own kind.
With a shattered dream of being a MBBS doctor to ending up with a place I never wanted to go, I didn’t know what destiny held for me. It was the hardest of questions for me to answer, ‘So where do you study?’ I just knew that the moment I’d say the University of Karachi, I’d be judged, because I used to judge people on that. The status quo in our society and judging people over the institution they belong to has a greater impact on young kids so as to be part of the race.
All I knew was that nobody would be asking me my reasons for ending up here, the only identity I have now is Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Karachi.
Since then, I had an urge to do something for this place and change this perspective, that people like me, held for this place but I had no idea how.
From dusty classes to overloaded points, from hectic back to back classes to no shade to sit around and enjoy some leisure time with friends, from canteens so far to the long fee submission lines, it became so hard for me to survive in a place like that. Being my sporty self, I even had no extracurriculars to give myself a piece of comfort and sense of self-accomplishment to make my survival at KU possible. I became a provincial to national sports player outside university but nobody knew of it except my friends.
In my second year (2012), a seedling under the name of KUPSC was sowed by some great seniors and that was the BEST that could have happened to me, it provided me an opportunity where I could prove myself and it helped me to evolve as a person I never knew until then.
A beautiful dreamer.
In the good and the worst situations the only thing that stood constant next to me was The Almighty. Allah always chooses the best for us and we can only realize this with time. I couldn’t have become what I am today if I was anywhere else and not in The University of Karachi. When cheated, when played by others, when broken and hopeless, when almost failed, when distrusted, I trusted Allah and he made ways for me in the most unexpected of ways.
My advice to my juniors is that: If you want to change, be the change. Don’t wait for someone to serve it to you in plate, take an initiative and do it. What could go wrong? You’ll fail, that is it. Do not fear failure when you give your best, trust yourself.
Do not let the charm of any position, certificate or limelight blind you. Once you will graduate, the limelight will start to fade away and the only thing staying with you forever will be the friends you were true to, and who were true to you (Alhamdulillah I have found a bunch of them and they know who they are), the seniors you genuinely respected and juniors you guided to continue your legacy.
My 5-year journey has given me some very precious memories to cherish for life. The venture of being called as Tahniat to Gulabo Begum, GM Sahiba, Miss Director, Sporty Pharmacist, Savior for life and the much loved Baji has brought the best out of me and these titles have become my identity now. Those class-to-canteen 5 mins walk that took me 20 mins for real due to the love of my dear ones popping out on TS was the best amongst all. It was always like a red carpet moment for me to pass the parking area and reach the canteen. I loved that feeling and I kind of miss that 🙂
The biggest gain in life is to earn some genuine souls who love you unconditionally, pray for you when you need it the most and help in the development of your soul. All the love is my gain after graduating, as it’s irreplaceable and so heartwarming. *giggles*