Hvordan har du det folk? Bra? Okay, not Norwegian, let’s make it readable for everyone. I am Faria from Bangladesh, an international graduate in Norway. I grew up with a passion of going beyond something. That passion is with everything which common men do in common way. I do follow the common way too but certainly with something extra. I am an ordinary girl from Bangladesh with some extraordinary dreams! I have flown approximately 4538 miles away from my homeland to give a platform to my dream here in Norway. Moving abroad was one of my most desired dreams and hopefully, I have succeeded in the initial step of it by being a fresh graduate from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (Ålesund). By being a single Muslim girl, it was not easy to fly and stay alone here abroad, but the support of my family has been awesome, building a strong base of the dream platform.
As I have already said, going beyond of something is one of my passions yet I have not chosen any bigger or renowned cities of the world like most sophomores do. I flew to a small town of Norway and started from absolute “zero”. It required a lot of courage, though (phew)! Well, undoubtedly, the start involved a cultural shock and it is pretty similar for all those South Asian internationals traveling around, and to be honest, adapting to the weather was the real challenge but gradually, I became so used to it that sometimes I wonder, “Am I a Viking?”. The cost of living is high all over Norway but in Ålesund, it is higher compared to the capital. Living a financial solvent life is tough for full time students without having any part time job but I have passed this period more or less in a smooth way as I have always had a strong support from my family back home. I did work with a Norwegian cultural company for over a year. Honestly, I had a great experience, folks. A lot to learn about a totally different culture, my good Lord!
Next to study pressure, language was a strong barrier but I have also overcome that by learning basic Norwegian via a course offered at NTNU Ålesund to all the international students. In the beginning, I was worried about the grades of my studies but soon, got the track of “Studying Smart” rather than “Studying Hard”. The professors here are the finest in cooperation and have helped me benevolently to reach my graduation goal. In few of my courses, I have gone far beyond by introducing innovative ideas because being regular is pretty boring, isn’t it? Professors did appreciate that too. Now, let’s have a little “chit chat” about the folks I have met over here in this small town of Norway. Hey, am I letting the town down by tagging it as “small”? If yes, then let me disclose that Ålesund is the biggest sea port of Norway having the biggest county named, Møre og Romsdal. I have met some really nice people over here who have been my friends and family when I was actually far away from my real family back home. What an amazing experience that was.
Finally, now I am a fresh graduate from another country, with a language barrier, Bengali minority, far from South Asia. Now, I’m stepping forward for some new challenges and I have enough confidence on me that I can get over all the obstacles and be successful. Folks, honestly, let’s go beyond, let’s think something out of the box. Ja eller nei. Oops! I mean, yes or no? All those people who are reading this, especially girls from Bangladesh or South Asia or any girl from Africa or anywhere of the world, good luck if any of you have a dream like me, believe in yourself and just carry on, you will get it anyhow.