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.”
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 … Read More »
Galvanizing intellectual and emotional events have distinguished my graduate school experience thus far. I couldn’t wait to begin the University of Findlay’s Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Program, but a year-and-a-half after I started, I almost dropped out – of everything.
How’s that for an introduction?
Hi! I’m pleased to “meet” you in this digital landscape of hypertextual dreamland. Since I’ll be blogging about my journey through the MARW Program, here are a few more tidbits about me:
I’m a juggler of time, feelings, writing projects, and devil sticks (the kind you saw people tossing around at Grateful Dead shows, three of which I attended way back in the 1990s). I’m also a single, 43-year-old mother with a full-time job as UFs media relations coordinator.
In summer 2015 I started chipping away at my advanced communication degree, one course at a time, … Read More »
Learn a little bit more about me as the first leg of our look at life in #OilerNation is underway! Click below for my first vlog:
May 1! That’s the date when the journey begins!
By the time I return home to Findlay, Ohio at the end of the month, I will have traveled to three countries half way around the world and logged over twenty thousand miles.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is the primary destination. From this vantage point all side trips within Vietnam and to Cambodia begin and end.
Formerly Saigon, HCMC is home to the University of Social Sciences & Humanities (USSH) and it is the site of my one-month residency as an Exchange Scholar from The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio.
Each year, for the past nine years, UF and USSH exchanged faculty members for a one-month residency. Now, after four months of planning and organizing details of travel, I’m caught up in the excitement of reconnecting with our Vietnamese colleagues and packing my bags for the first leg of the … Read More »