Humans of ISC65: Farah Masud

Farah from Bangladesh is currently a student at North South University with a major in Marketing. Aside from her daily role as a student, Farah is also aspiring writer, entrepreneur, and social activist! Let's get to know her more through this short interview!


"ISC is bringing in youth leaders from all across world to one place. This will give me the rare opportunity to share my own knowledge and perspective about different local and global problems with fellow delegates, so we can come up with effective solutions and discover ways of tackling the important issues that affect our present and future as global citizens. "


Q1. Please tell us what are the reasons/motivations that made you apply for ISC65?

As an aspiring writer, entrepreneur, and social activist, it is absolutely vital for me to learn about and befriend people from various cultures and ethnicity. ISC is bringing in youth leaders from all across world to one place. This will give me the rare opportunity to share my own knowledge and perspective about different local and global problems with fellow delegates, so we can come up with effective solutions and discover ways of tackling the important issues that affect our present and future as global citizens.


Q2.What do you think about your table’s topic?

My table topic is the Feminist Perspectives on Wars and Conflicts. Initially I had some grasp on the topic. But after going through the reading materials for our pre-conference assignments, I learned so much more!


Q3.What do you think about your table’s activities in overall now?

The assignments we did so far were super interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the group conference to discuss our table topic.

Q4. Can you share hare with us some of your feelings towards the upcoming ISC65?

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of ISC65. I have already made some good friends through table activities and I can’t wait to hear the stories of the rest of the participants. Japan has always been on the top of my list when it comes to places I really want to visit, and ISC is giving me the opportunity to make my wish a reality.

Q5. Can you tell us a little bit about your hometown?

I come from the capital city of Bangladesh - Dhaka. It is small and overcrowded – a city where sitting in traffic for hours has to become your favorite pass time. But amidst the hustle and bustle, you’ll notice the pretty paintings on colorful rickshaws and the chants of jhalmuriwalas(spicy puffed-rice vendors) selling paper-wrapped jhalmuribursting with flavors.

On wintry mornings, the city has a rather lazy atmosphere. But the smell of bhapapitha(sweet steamed rice cake) wafts through the streets, making city dwellers rush to the street-side shops for a quick breakfast and a cup of milk-tea. During monsoon, almost half the city is water-logged. But you’ll find richshaw-pullers powering through the submerged roads to get passengers to their destinations, while kind passengers hold their umbrellas over the heads of their valiant drivers to protect them from the rain. In summers, the sweltering heat will make you want to rethink your existence - a glass of sugarcane juice, or a quick sip of the freshly-cut coconuts, and you’ll be ready to carry on with full force once again. The beauty of Shakrain Festival in Old Dhaka (kite flying festival), the excitement of Pahela Boishakh (first day of Bengali New Year) and the absolute joy of Pahela Falgun (first day of Spring) are things that keep the city colorful and lively throughout the year.

You see, my hometown is far from being perfect. But once you meet the people and embrace the culture, you’ll slowly start falling in love with it, just as I have.

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