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Omer Shares His Journey With Us

September 1, 2017
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“I just want to make my dad cry again” I didn’t recall the exact date but I was going to be 15 in a couple of weeks. I was caught up under the influence by the school administration in school premises. Being a follower of newer trends from a very young age, I kind of always loved to be talked about and ironically this is what got me into this mess. Standing outside the rector’s office I saw my dad walking down the hallway, somebody whispered into my ear that there’s going to be a whole month suspension, he saw me and just walked past me straight into the office like he didn’t even recognize me. Blurred in my thinking but his watery eyes were clear to me. I went home and the way I was treated felt like I don’t even belong here anymore. Instantly I became a big kid considering reasons for everything even crossed my mind ‘do I really need to live anymore?’ thought over it for a couple of days. Probably this time again I crossed the line. Looking back to the days I believe that it was my Dad’s patience and love that kept me in the game. It was one of those days, we used to sit together, talked and laughed about stuff. I opened up about the certain events, what we’ve been through. He’s a great listener. I told him about how I have always visualized myself to be someone in fashion. Now there was only one thing left I wished to see him cry again. It was a long 3 years journey, every time I needed motivation, I used to imagine the day when my dad will hold me, pat me on the back and say you are my pride, son and you always will be with tears in his eyes. It was the day merit lists were to be displayed, I stepped into our lounge, everyone staring at me. My Maa told me “Beta, you’ve been selected for Electrical Engineering in U.E.T Lahore”. I rushed towards my dad, hugged him tight and we began to cry. I heard someone saying ‘Why are you crying?’. I said to myself maybe you don’t know I have been holding these back for too long. Skip forward nearly 3 years to me explaining to my parents that I am not going to continue in this field after engineering. I’ve had enough and I don’t want do anything which makes me ill and which I no longer believe in. I had a real mental block about the whole thing, I would spend long hours on my own just trying to process what the hell I was going to do after engineering. It felt a bit like forced into a mold I would never fit. In the hindsight what I realize now is that being in the engineering gave me the opportunity to understand what it was I needed to do. So I finally thought, let’s do what I was supposed to do from the start. Now for the past couple of months, I have linked everything to the idea of getting admission in “Bocconi School of Management, Milan” in “Fashion and Luxury Brand Management”. I have visualized that in perfectly 8 years, It will surely lead me to the place where I can be more vocal with my idea’s, putting them into my work breaking the stereotype that high school grade dictates your interest. In the end, I want to be known as somebody who isn’t afraid to do what he wants to do and if I can remain authentic to what I believe in I will consider myself successful. Success for me is all about doing something which I can look back on and say that was worth my time to do.”

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