Student Spotlight - Farkhunda Fazelyar | Aga Khan Academies

Student Spotlight - Farkhunda Fazelyar

01 October 2020

If you could be magically transported to one specific location right now, where would it be?

Definitely to Afghanistan where my home is. Having been away from home for over a year now especially when we have been in-doors for the past 8 months has made me miss home and my family.

What are the top three things you like about the Academy?

Being at the academy for almost 5 years now, I have been provided with an endless number of opportunities and learning forums which is something I immensely admire about the Academy. The diversity at the school, the different cultures that come together in one place and live as one big family is another fascinating aspect of the Academy. And lastly, but not the least, I like the education system and teaching style at the Academy; students are put into real world situations and that way the lifelong skills are established and further developed. 

What is keeping you focused and positive?

Staying in-doors on a daily basis has made effectively managing time a challenge. For me, designing and following a proper schedule has worked out well since the beginning of the lockdown because it gives me a clearer idea of my day and the tasks that need to be done. In order to stay positive, I talk to my family which has been really helpful and also taking care of my mental and physical health has been quite effective too.    

Biggest cause of frustration/challenge during lockdown?

Without any hesitation I would say being away from home and family has been quite frustrating and unpleasant. In addition to that, not being able to do as many activities as I used to get involved in, particularly swimming which I utterly enjoy.

Any things you are finding really beneficial about the lockdown?

Just like anyone else, the lockdown period has provided me with some “me time”. I am quite satisfied with the fact that I have gotten time to focus on myself and further explore my areas of interest and look into how I can contribute to the world around me through the technological opportunities.

If you had a chance to pass on one piece of advice to your fellow students right now, what would it be?

One important lesson that I have learnt through this lockdown with the help of my “me time” is the importance of being true to oneself and having self-affection. I have realized how significant it is to be yourself and love yourself the way you are. I would advise not only my fellow students, but anyone reading this, to be kind to themselves as well as their surroundings and change for themselves, not someone else.