Let’s make this journey wonderful!

Posted on September 19th, by risser in Sadia Aurna. 6 comments

Hi! If you are wondering who I am or why you should even be interested to meet me, here’s my backstory. My full name is Sadia Akhter Aurna, but I prefer to be called Aurna. If you are having some trouble with pronouncing that, it sounds a little like “aura.”Bangladesh Map  

I am from Bangladesh. If you are one of those many who are wondering where the heck that is, then don’t worry — that’s what I’m here for! And if you already know, then please bear with me. Bangladesh is a very small country with a very large population in South Asia. Some of our neighboring countries are India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal. There is a high chance that some of your clothes are made in Bangladesh, as this country is the second largest supplier of ready-made garments  — more than India and Pakistan combined.

It took me approximately three days to reach Findlay from Dhaka, which is our capital. Back in Dhaka, I was raised single-handedly by my mother. And trust me when I say I know how hard it is to get into college! But I learned from my mother that you should never give up. If you think something is worth the price, you fight for it no matter what it takes!

Aurna and her motherFrom a very early age, I had a passion for the betterment of our world. I’ve seen poverty and extreme crisis in my life. When I was in high school, I faced situations where I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish my education. I used to lock myself in my home, and wouldn’t go to school. But then I remembered that if I lose, then so will so many other kids.

I started working from the age of 16. Because of my work, I got to meet some of the kindest and bravest people. I made friends. I worked for the things I had a passion for, including assisting directors, musicians, working for gender equality, child sexual abuse and environmental rights.  I went to to various conferences in India and Nepal to pass on knowledge I have gathered in my short life.

I wanted to study in the USA because I believe this nation is full of diversity and that can help me to be the best version of myself. There were so many times when people told me I should give up on my dream to study in the USA. But guess what? I am here with you. So don’t let others make you believe that you can’t. I won’t lie — there were times I felt I couldn’t do it. Those are the moments when you choose where you really want to belong. When Oiler Nation gave me the call, I knew this had to be my home, for so many reasons. (I could write a big post on that alone!)

I crossed 7,935 miles and many obstacles to be here. I know my journey and yours isn’t the same. But we can be friends, help each other when it’s needed and we can watch each other’s back, and uphold our hope and dignity. Let’s do it together.  Let’s make this journey wonderful and when there are problems, face them together. The victory will be ours.

6 thoughts on “Let’s make this journey wonderful!

  1. This is amazing Aurna! It’s the life of most of the people in the developig countries. Some get to live their dreams while some keep watching those ones. You are one of the few who got to live your dream not because you were able to but you made that happen.

    I’m pretty amazed how you wrote you were there to help the poor ones. This rings the bell in my heart as you are such a giver! Inspite of having all those troubles in your life, you choose humanity, bravo!

    Loved reading! Keep posting!

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