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OLD is GOLD

It’s always nice to meet old teachers. I just had a friendly chat with Miss Carly at the rooftop of the place where I am living. She is my first teacher at AUW (Access Academy).
God! I vividly remember those days back in the past. It was 2008 when I first came to this place (AUW, my university). Residential universities are not very common in Bangladesh. I was so happy and excited to come here because I was tired of staying at home all the time after my HSC exam. I was eagerly waiting to get a call from my university for all the detailed procedures about admission and classes.
March 28, 2008. It was exactly 2 o’clock in the after noon. My parents and my elder brother came to drop me at AUW on that day. When we got down from the train I was amazed to see the beauty of Chittagong (one of the divisions of Bangladesh). Everywhere it was so green and beautiful. The hills were enormous and superbly green. It was so beautiful like I used to see in paintings. I looked above the hill and it was a beautiful sky of spring. I just fell in love with the place seeing its natural beauty.
My first impression about AUW was quite predictable. I never thought of living in such a high-rise apartment building. It seems so congested right now though. Time is moving so fast. Three years have gone by so swiftly, unnoticed. New people are coming and the university is losing the old pals sometimes. To some extent, being at AUW, I now miss the fun at the dorm rooms, staying up late at night, listening to music, or talking to a friend like we did in 2008. The first week of our orientation was so much fun. We had dance parties and ice cream nights where everyone had equal participation with so much enthusiasm. At weekends, we used to go out as a group for shopping or to visit some places nearby. Each dorm had four rooms and there were at most twenty members in each dorm.
Things changed so much now. We now miss the days back because there were fewer things to be worried about. We did not have to worry about thing like grades, exams, internships and etc. Each and every one of my friends is now stressed with either homework or exams. We are so busy that we do not have time for little stuff like going out to see a film, or to a nearby shop to eat fuchka/chatpati. I miss those time when at weekends, my friend had a random desire to go on hiking and we used to head towards Batali hill or Foy’s lake. I really miss those random going-outs.

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sunita.basnet's picture

ME TOO

Hey Roomie,

Nice to hear from you after a long time. Yeah those days were really fun but now everywhere competition and frustration among us are common and fragile. I miss you all. It was so nice meeting with you and others at AUW. I have learnt much from that university but never feel so stress. Just accept that its a form of life where every time you have to accept the challenges and go forward.

All the best for your future.
Your Roomie
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Shaila Sharmin's picture

Hello dear,

It's always nice to hear from you. Hope you are doing good with your studies. I saw your the pictures of Korean food which you posted in Facebook.

Good luck!

Shaila Sharmin
Undergraduate student of
PP&E (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)
Asian University for Women
20/A, M M Ali Road
Chittagong, Bangladesh

Fungai Machirori's picture

Everything changes...

Shaila, thank you for sharing this. You right it so vividly that i too want to go and see Chittagong for myself! But yes, change is part of life. Sometimes it's sad and sometimes it is beautiful. The spring scene you first saw when you arrived - if you had not first gone through winter, you might not have appreciated it so much. Life is all about seasons and I wish you the best in the next season of yours.

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

Shaila Sharmin's picture

Hello dear,

Thanks for your comment. Chittagong is a port city of Bangladesh and it's awesome, the most beautiful place I have seen so far in my life. Visit Bangladesh sometime!

Shaila Sharmin
Undergraduate student of
PP&E (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)
Asian University for Women
20/A, M M Ali Road
Chittagong, Bangladesh

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