As the parent birds make their little baby birds take flight after some time of nurturing them in the nest and making sure they have the strength to take on the world and its difficulties on their own. Similarly, it is time for the Amal fellows of Batch 181 to take flight as they have learnt the skills the Amal Mentors deemed fit for having a promising career. I am proud to be one to the fellows taking flight in the real world soon and testing my skills and perseverance, putting the knowledge to good use.

Having the last session…


I can not believe that this journey is coming to an end. It seems not so long ago that I was figuring out my short term goals to make them into S.M.A.R.T goals and working on them, and actually being proactive, which was a first for me.

Looking back at my journey, especially the first two weeks, what stands out to me is how skeptical I was about continuing with this fellowship, as a friend of mine had asked me to do it together. Sadly, we were put in different batch and the dream of us being on this journey…


I have always been a solo performer. Since childhood I have been a student who was self sufficient and would do the work in a solitary environment, and do it well too. It carried on for quite a while, and the failed group projects did not add a good experience to it.

When I started the Amal Fellowship, I was a bit disappointed when I got to know how important team work in in the fellowship. I wanted to do my work alone, as I had always been doing. The first group that was made for the project work completion…


I have recently discovered this technique, The Pomodoro Technique, which basically is setting a 25 min timer and focus on just one task. I tried it with the Lectures that I have been putting on pending since 3 weeks, so there was quite a build up of lectures that I had to catch up on. Just thinking about watching so many gave me anxiety/mental pain, so I was just avoiding it, avoiding attending weekly classes as well because it would mean getting admonished by professor for not coming prepared.

I started doing the technique at 12:40 am, pretty late I…


You guys, whoever is reading my rambles, know that I wrote quite a motivational piece on how I am doing GRE prep, with my fancy S.M.A.R.T goals and all. Yeah I did accomplish those goals, partially.. hehehe :)

And after that I have started, surprise Surprise!! (not really) Procrastinating. Keeping a routine is so exhausting. It takes out all the energy just thinking about the tasks that are left in a day. So few hours, so many tasks, SO UNFAIR.

Sigh.

You have to lose something to gain something. I am despising this saying right now, seems like a banality…


Students in middle school are experiencing severe depression; owing to the sudden transition to online classes. Primary cognitive development takes place from ages 6–12 years, where a child learn concrete ways to think and reason. In middle school (ages 09–12 years average), the generation going through Covid has had the most difficulties in accepting the change. As this transition happened in a period when they weren’t set in their ways to comprehend their surroundings and make the analysis that a change of this magnitude can happen at any time. …


It’s a really mundane saying, and more often than not, people disregard it as translating to ‘overconfidence’. Which is utterly wrong and unfair. (But only in regard to your attitude! Not when you are building an empire over a product that doesn’t actually work; Theranos). Just make sure you are doing it for you and not harming anyone in the process.

credits: success magazine

In this article I will review the 5 tips titled ‘Amal Totkay’ which are dedicated to developing a growth mindset. One of which, as you would have guessed by now, is ‘Fake It Till You Make It’. It is…


It has been only a month since the semester started, and already I am so exhausted of it. You see, this is my last semester. I have to apply to different grad schools and for scholarships, along with FYP and the 2 remaining core courses of Maths for the completion of Maths major. Why did I decide to do a double major in my final year? well, that’s an enigma that shall remain.

So my SMART goals for the term, quite predictably, included prepping for GRE General, as I will be applying for Fulbright 2022. (It’s a long shot, but…


I have recently found the courage to get help for my mental issues and if it wasn’t for my friends, I would not have done what was so necessary for me. I am very stubborn and am insistent that I am okay. Making sure that others’ needs are met and forgetting to take care of myself is my life mantra. But I know I did well by taking the help offered by my friends and it is time to thank them for their kindness.

One friend in particular, he lives in Karachi and had been my major support, he had…


So, today I came back home after a month. I was in hostel before. My charpai (bed) here has been converted into a storing spot for my sisters. I had to clean it in order to sleep, sigh, what better way to be welcomed back home after a month, than to have to make your own bed. Sigh.

I sorted my bed and while doing so, I saw the sorry state of the room. I decided to sort the entire room, as well. The before and after of the process is attached with.

This picture is of the other bed…

Durdana Ilyas

Physics enthusiast , hoping to get somewhere with my enthusiasm.

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