Last few days were full of hustles and bustles. We had DONOR$, who give us DOLLAR$, visiting our university and everybody was busy trying to prove that everything here works well (though it doesn’t…most of the times), decorating every nook and corner of the university, putting framed pictures all over, even on the notice board, (I guess notice boards are used for some other purpose) and preparing for academic showcase, which was the only thing I liked the most. It was as if we were mending every old clothes and trying to turn it into something GORGEOUS because we have a party to attend in few hours.
And gorgeous it turned, with Chinese restaurant like dining hall, with forest like corridors because there were plants–plants everywhere, with sleek clean new tables and floors because the cleaner ladies rushed up-down-left-right in every few minutes to mop the footsteps and dirt, with big white curtain placed between two building to hide the real truth (construction workers working in the building beside), and with beautifully decorated, not colorfully though (THANK GOD!!!), three-days-coffee-shop and it was wonderful because we got free coffee for three days. 😉 Not to forget, we had a big mural as well on the first floor, but personally I did not like it for some I-don’t-know-reasons. May be I have not been well exposed to all the aspects of arts or maybe I just simply do not like the idea of it. Whatever!!! BUT by saying all this I did not mean, that everything here is a fake, but I did not like the idea of hiding reality except the ACADEMIC SHOWCASE.
What Did I do?
So, for the first day, we welcomed our Donor$, and fortunately, I must say, I was a host intern, which basically meant, I had to sit with some guests and eat lunch and talk. You must be thinking it is very easy talking, but it was the toughest job ever. There were talks of our countries, our study, our future plans, their life, and their kids. Questions after questions were fired and at one point I felt like I was participating in some quiz show and it was the rapid fire round LOL 😀 but one questions just got right into my mind. She asked,
“Will your education/empowerment be enough to change your society?”
I think there is nothing that is ENOUGH to get something satisfyingly and sufficiently ENOUGH. But if I can use my education, add it to someone else’s, then again multiply it with the other people around me and then work together in creating awareness among people, I believe we will be at least able to make a difference, and the differences we make will help to bring about a change in our society. OBVIOUSLY, changing something is not an easy feat but we all know nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. So, I say yes, my education and my empowerment with yours will be enough to change our society.
Overall, it was a nice experience of meeting successful women working for welfare of societies and some on their way (a girl who sat next to me, worked in South Africa and is heading for Europe soon), but it was annoying to be circled around by cameras and listening to those flashing of lights every time I try to gobble up a spoon of food. Also, after the nice chit chat for about an hour, a nice lady praised telling me that my English is very good. I am happy she said so, but then I felt like I sat for some kind of English SPEAKING Test. 😦 HECK!