I’m excited to be in #OilerNation, 7,935 long miles away from my home in Dhaka, Bangladesh! Keeping busy shouldn’t be difficult with my double major in journalism/digital media and environmental, safety & occupational health management, but I like it that way. I’m planning to jump right into campus activities, and anxious to be involved in causes that make difference. You may find me on the stage or with a camera in my hands. This will be my story of making Findlay my home.
আমার ভাইয়ের রক্তে রাঙানো একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি
আমি কি ভুলিতে পারি
ছেলেহারা শত মায়ের অশ্রু গড়ায়ে ফেব্রুয়ারি
আমি কি ভুলিতে পারি
আমার সোনার দেশের রক্তে রাঙানো ফেব্রুয়ারি
আমি কি ভুলিতে পারি।।
Above is the Bengali song that was written in 1952, when some college students from East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) heard that their beloved mother language, Bengali, which is spoken by the majority of that region, would not be the state language. Instead, some foreign language would take its place. They felt the urge to stand up against it, even though there were military rules against protests. They filled the streets surrounding their university with colorful placards and banners, asking the government to change its stance, and the military started firing on them. They died in protecting their mother language that day, because they knew that if the language dies, also the culture dies. This happened on … Read More »
We often say, “Don’t talk to strangers.” We grow up fearing strangers. We fear even more when that person is from a different country or a different race, unless we cross borders and see how big the world can be, and how we can connect with each other despite being so different! Being able to study at the University of Findlay with the help of its generous scholarship I am getting that chance. It is enabling me every day to see the beauty of diversity. It is allowing me to stay in a different continent, a different corner of the earth with completely different weather.
I got to do so many amazing things during my first semester here in OilerNation. Now I know how it feels to touch snow, to make a snow angel or to just throw snow balls at your … Read More »
A few weeks ago, I was walking on campus with a friend of mine from the pre-vet program, and we were talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Suddenly Khalil (my friend) asked me, “Hey! Do you want to come to my home for Thanksgiving break?” His mother had invited me and some other friends to their home once before, so this time I knew I had to go. I went to their place for Thanksgiving in Columbus, and how those five days went is hard to explain in words!
It felt for a moment that I could be at my own home! Khalil’s mom, Aunt Maleha made so many delicious foods for us every day. For every single dish she made a vegetarian version just so that I could eat. On an off note, did I tell you that I’m a vegetarian? … Read More »
During my very first week here at the University of Findlay, freshmen had the opportunity to attend a session where representatives from more than 100 clubs and student organizations and representatives from the different majors were present. At this session, I had the chance to meet theatre faculty members, Meriah Sage and Carl Walling. At first glance, they both gave me this feeling of acceptance that I couldn’t ignore. So I went to them and started talking about my passion for acting, how from a very early age I loved storytelling and tried this in different forms, from acting in advertisements and music videos to documentaries and television series. They were so patient in hearing my stories. They shared that at UF you can work in different parts of theatre. Do you like working backstage on lighting, sets, costumes or … Read More »
Have you ever felt an emptiness in your heart that you’re not sure how to fill? I’ve felt it many times after coming here to Findlay. I’ve had moments when I’ve felt I am all alone. In those moments, my thoughts go to my friends back home who loved me every day of my life. They made me feel protected and so special. In coming to Findlay, I worried that I wouldn’t have friends because I am different from so many other UF students. But I can proudly say that I do have friends now. If I can do it, then you can do it too, trust me! I believe if you want something, then the universe also tries to get that thing to you. It’s walking on that path every day.
Here are some things that have helped me to … Read More »