By Ayesha Zakir (YES 2013-2014, Pakistan, placed with Ayusa in Las Vegas, NV)
Since I became a YES Alumna, I have worked with high school students in Pakistan through various projects and workshops. I have implemented seminars, short workshops, and competitions. I feel passionate about educating high school students on accepting and embracing diversity, and making them realize the importance of the environment and its cleanliness. I have also tried to fulfill my responsibility towards improving society by helping students learn English. Moreover, I have attended various national and international conferences in Pakistan. I also participated in the Pak-Afghan Youth Dialogue a couple of years ago and earned the title of Pak-Aghan Youth Ambassador.
After completing my high school studies, I secured admission to one of the top universities in Pakistan, the National University of Science and Technology. I enrolled in the Bachelor's program of Industrial Design. The interesting part is that I knew nothing about this field four years ago, but I entered the program to explore what it has to offer.
The courage of saying yes to the opportunity of learning new things came to me during my YES exchange year. As I moved ahead in my degree, I started enjoying it and this field became my own. I completed my degree this year and received the Chancellor's Silver Medal. Hence, this four-year study program, which started with exploration, ended with a great achievement.
Right now, I am preparing for a competitive exam in order to enter the bureaucracy of Pakistan. I am looking forward to working on my own startup in the future, as well as serving in the education sector as I have always wanted to be a teacher; I feel an inner calling when it comes to being an educator.