• Personal Stories

    From rookie to evangelist – Fardeen Ameen

    Debating – a high-octane culture that stimulates the bright minds of the students in Bangladesh. To learn more about the debating scene of the country, we rendezvoused with veteran debater and President of the ‘Bangladesh Debating Council’, Fardeen Ameen. We first asked about his life in school, to which his reflex action was a bashful smile. “I was never inclined towards debating or any ECA as a matter of fact. Scholastica is my alma mater and the ECA practices there is very rich. My parents did influence me to partake in Spelling Bee competitions and such, but that never worked out. I never enjoyed that. My school life was an…

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    I quit Facebook for 5 days and these are my thoughts.

    “A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.” — The Handmaid’s Tale Facebook is addictive, and not just in a figurative way. So, when I appraised the significance of its presence in my life and why I squander so much time on it, the results weren’t that surprising. Not long ago, when sheer angst and inferiority complex consumed me, I retreated to Facebook, hoping a fair share of “dank memes” would lighten my days. Self-loathing can be crippling and I quickly realized that witnessing others graduate or getting engaged or landing that lucrative job, was just a disastrous recipe for the commencement of my downward…

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    7 things I learned while being a Entrepreneur

    Most big ideas from entrepreneurs don’t happen in one day. What started out as an idea from my college dorm room in the winter of 2013 is now an actual website that is ready to its provide services. New ideas are daunting to pursue. There is a constant pressure to be successful and most of the time you are lost with no idea about how to take the next step. Entrepreneurship is a trial and error process. What helped me the most was persistence and a desire to make something a reality. These are the top 7 things I learned in my journey to entrepreneurship: 1. Inspiration I would be…

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    ‘Decipher the data. Go beyond the graph’

    Omar Raad Chowdhury, an ardent debater and current President of the Economics Study Center|University of Dhaka, shares his journey and words of wisdom with aspiring juniors. “While in school, I was very ordinary. I was not interested in much besides public speaking. I discovered so when I joined my school debating club. I took part in some debating competitions and delivered a few speeches here and there. In terms of learning, I do believe I have gathered a few life lessons from school. I was a science student, to begin with, but I have migrated to Economics because of all the experiences I had gained from my activities at the Notre Dame…

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    ‘Hold the ground of what you believe. Don’t let negativity rule your life.’

    BRAC University graduate Sheikh Saqif Ahmed shares his personal and professional happenings with YOUNIFI and conferred words of experience and advice to his aspiring juniors. “I have completed my undergraduate at BRAC University from the Biotechnology department and currently I am committed to a full-time job. My childhood and school-life are both pinned to Mirpur. I was brought up there and I attended a Bengali Medium school located there as well. Although the means of communication in my school was Bangla, I was quite weak at it, hence I was somewhat of a misfit amidst well-spoken students. This occasionally led me to being teased by my friends and honestly, that…

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    ‘You’re not just going to be engaged, you’ll create a lifelong network’

    Syed Mohammad Faizan, a studious undergrad student and figure head in two organizations, shares his experiences with YOUNIFI and bestows valuable words of advice to aspiring fellow students. “I am a third year student at BRAC University’s Business Department. I have great interest in Accounting and Finance – they are my majors. My life at school was pretty awesome; I played all kinds of sports and represented my school S.F.X Greenherald International School in various tournaments. I also performed drama in school plays. Personally, I think these experiences have taken me very far, probably not academically but as a person. For example: sports taught me first hand leadership and drama has…