Life doesn’t always give us the privileges to stay forever with people we love most. Death is an inevitable reality. I lost my father at a very young age which made me anti-social and matured me before time. Until grade 4th, I was a very bright student and would top my class. After my father’s death, my education was adversely affected. I was eldest of all siblings and was very close to my father.
He was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and we came to know very late; just 8 months before he passed away. The burden of raising children and household fell on my mother. She took a stand for us and started doing a clerical job at Motorway Policy with a meager amount of Rs.3500/month. After her daily job, she would sit with me for hours to counsel me to work hard and be self-sufficient.
Thanks to her, I secured a position in secondary board examination and later managed to be among top 25 students in Matric board exams, received a full scholarship at Punjab College of Information and Technology where I was declared as the ‘Athlete of the Year’. Gradually, I started believing in myself and things started getting easy for me. When I joined NUST, I started taking part in sports and athletics.
I had a height phobia but then came a rock climbing event in Saidpur village which was a very difficult track. I took part in it and won the competition which led me to an international mountain climbing event and won accolades in more than 6 rock and wall climbing competitions across the country.
In 2015, I participated in Pakistan’s only wilderness-based youth leadership conference Markhor. After the completion of the conference, I was called for an interview by the CEO of ‘Youth Impact’ who then made me the first female and youngest Program Manager of Markhor.
Last year, I was given the honor of being the only representative from Asia from 12 students selected from all countries who participated in National Conference on Student Leadership held in the USA. On this occasion, I also received the lamp of “Achieving the Legacy Slam’ from Mr. Jeff Dess out of the 250 participants and also gave a speech that portrayed the positive image of Pakistan. In 2016, I was also selected for the Techjuice’s #25Under25 young achievers.
Currently, I am working as the mentor of Markhor 2017 edition and also as a Project Coordinator for CPEC Youth Development Programs. I want to equip young people so they will be rightly used for the economic boom that will come through CPEC in our country.
I want to see myself working at the top tier of the corporate sector in coming years and render my services to students as a corporate trainer. Where I am standing today is because of my mother, her constant support, prayers and I want to pay back to her for all she did for us.