Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

Nasima Akter

About Me: 

I was a very less talkative student in my previous schools that made me friendless. My classmates used to say that even if an atom bomb explored in front of me I will not speak! I had a very difficult time in school to not having some friends. I felt bored to spend all day in school, but I never skipped classes because I knew I have to learn. However, my teachers liked me as I did not make any noise while the others disturbed during class.

After I passed my S.S.C I went to a good college. There were 150 students in my class, but I had no friends. I would like to keep in mind that 'friend' and 'classmate' does not mean the same. In some point my life inside of class bacame very boring, and I skipped many classes. But I 'survived' because I had at least 70 percent present. I passed my H.S.C. and wanted to be a student of the most famous university in my city for my undergraduate. This time my luck did not favor, but I have got chance in the second most famous college. Before my admission result published in that college, I used to tell my parents that I would not study there. I was in a fascination to again start my student life in an international institution named Asian University for Women. I was so much eager to be here that I was more than 100 percent sure that I would get the acceptance in this university.

I met many students students from six different countries and some really excellent teachers from other countries. My teachers are so special that I cannot explain them with any adjectives, there is no 'perfect' word to differ them.

Anyone can understand how difficult it is for a student, who does not speak in class when she had to learn and communicate in a second language at the same time. Obviously it was unforgettable when I could not answer any questions of my friends or teachers. My class teacher, Miss Anna observed it and helped me during office hours and is still doing that.

No doubt to say that my life concept has changed after I met these teachers. I did not suffer from loneliness any more because my teachers made such a great environment where any one would love to speak and make friends. I still had problems because I could not communicate in English. My teachers gave me confidence and helped me a lot to overcome that situation. Within a very short time I made a strong friendship chain with my classmates, roommates, and with all my teachers. At the Asian university for Women I have known how close the realtionship between a teacher and a student can be.

Now I have many friends from distant parts of the world, now I have my own world with my teachers and friends. The message I sent through Pulse Wire was possible for my teachers because if they were not here I would not learn English.

People have enormous challenges in life, I found that my challenges were very small but difficult to overcome. I could not accept changes in my university, like changing teachers after almost every semester, and changing classmates. Every time any change happened I became so upset, and when I went to my composition class I forgot about that! The appreciation was one of my composition teacher, who wrote a poetry "Wings to Fly." After I think of the deep meaning of her poems, I compromised with change. Challenge of change has defeated towards my passion of learning.
But I again became negative when one of my teachers left the university. I used to e-mail her non-stop, sometimes three to four e-mails a day. I even checked my e-mail 5 o'clock in the morning just because I could not think myself far from her. She realized that I was very less independent. Once she came back for a while, she made me understand I still have to change my personality. First I did not agree with her, but later I realized that it was a great lesson from a teacher out of the book.

It was two of my teachers Ms Kate and Ms Angela, who are a significant part of my first experience of going ouside of my homeland. I recently went to Dubai in Eduaction Without Borders Conference 2009. It was them who made me confident to communicate with many students of other countries in a place where almost every one was a stranger to me.

I am in the Access Academy at AUW for one year. If I just wrote about my life of these one year I would have to write a book, such immense my learning from all my teachers.

My words may finish talking about my teachers, but people will not lose interest to hear about them, and the words that are in my heart will be never finish.

I love my teachers as much as I admire them. I admire them as much as I love them. I am so grateful to God that I have got such 'beyond adjective' teachers.

My Passions: 
Learning new things, to keep in touch any person I meet
My Challenges: 
Thinking positively, and I cannot accept missing any one who has come in my life
My Vision for the Future: 
To be a teacher, as good as my teachers are, but I know I will not be such good...
My Areas of Expertise: 
Being a good student
My Languages: 
Bengali, English

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

World Pulse Launches our Inaugural Community Advisory Board!

World Pulse Launches our Inaugural Community Advisory Board!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative