Personal statement for UGRAD global exchange program #04
Hailing from a remote area on the verge of the Pak-Afghan border where people don’t even dream about higher education, it’s not less than a miracle that today I am enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering department of a prestigious Engineering University in Pakistan.
It wasn’t that easy as it may sound. I have tried hard to get admission to a University of good repute. If I’ll get more opportunities to excel; it would send a positive message to the youth and elders in my area that education is the ray of hope in the current bewildering situation.
From early childhood, I had to live at student hostels, far from my home because my village lacks even basic educational facilities. I have suffered but I can proudly say that my struggle has rewarded me with confidence, knowledge, and most of all, hope. I have experienced that how your struggle pays you back and that has made me more ambitious.
God has blessed me with a number of skills including the quality of being out-spoken, have won different titles in several debating contests. I have been the best debater of school, college, and province. Recently won the 2nd position at the Inter-department declamation contest and am selected for a regional declamation contest from my university. Been the best player of cricket at the school level and played different domestic games.
I believe in Win-Win situations. I feel that it’s my duty to share what I have with those who can’t afford to acquire. That’s why I have voluntarily organized different seminars and workshops on career counseling and future planning. I have volunteered as a teacher in my village school. Worked as a volunteer, in the rehabilitation of earthquake and flood-affected areas of Pakistan.
I believe in the power of youth and I consider youth as the symbol of success for a society. I m a youth activist and have attended different seminars, workshops, and conferences for the development and awareness of youth. I have recently attended an international youth conference and seminar held in Islamabad.
The world, being a global village today needs harmony among people from different religions and races. This Student Exchange Programme seems to me as a perfect chance to meet people from diverse ethnicities. If today’s Youth will avail such opportunities to understand and tolerate each other, tomorrow’s world would be more peaceful and prosperous. This exchange program will help me enhance my leadership skills and the myriad exposure of this program would enhance the effectiveness of my devotion to educate my people. This program will help me experience the eminent education standards of the United States that can enhance my passion and love for my field. Moreover, from my example, People back here will know the U.S.A as a friend who is concerned about the future of their youth instead of an unseen enemy who bombs them with unmanned air-crafts.