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.
So, it’s almost the end of this semester! Almost the end of me being a freshman! They say time flies. It does.
There are so many things that happened during this semester! So many ups and downs. I can’t lie, at times all I wanted was this semester to be over. There were personal obstacles and moral dilemmas, and both affected my college life directly. My first semester felt so much smoother and easier.
Today, I want to tell you that I know how it feels to be less than satisfied and to see yourself not doing your best. Today, I am here to say that college life can be much harder than you might think. All college students have a certain amount of pressure that they deal with. We’d love our life to be easy. But it’s not the easy days … Read More »
If you are a follower of UFindlay Instagram or my Instagram profile, you may have seen that I had the great opportunity to be part of an alternative spring break program called, “Engaged Citizenship: A Cultural & Social Justice Exploration.” As a freshman here at the University of Findlay, it was my first spring break here in the U.S. For days I was wondering what I should do! Should I just stay on campus? Go with my friends to visit somewhere? I was confused. But then Dr. Robert Braylock, who is the director of UF’s Buford Center for Diversity and Service, shared the opportunity with me. After reading the description of the program, I knew it was the right and perfect thing for me to do. Thank God, I thought so!
We had five people in our group: an American of … Read More »
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 »