Lessons from a Foreign Land

The blog is about lessons from a foreign land. There inevitably comes a time after graduation where you decide on your future. Some of us would go straight up for a job while others prefer pursuing some further studies. This edition of GIKI BlogPost is a special one where we welcome a contribution from Mohsin Ali, an alumni from batch 19, who talks about going for the latter in China.
Mohsin took the time out to write a self-motivational letter which he felt could serve as an inspiration to people willing to follow the same path, sharing experiences and some pieces of advice along the way. This is something we felt is on spot and simply brilliant. We hope you guys enjoy it like we did and as always, stay tuned for our next post.

In spite of being an amateur, you’ve always craved to abide by the essence of the well-famed African adage ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’ just like most of us do. But somewhere down the road while acting upon this maxim, you went an extra mile and unconsciously overlooked the gusto of cherishing personal space and its immense role in your own, as we call it, self-development. Didn’t you? Having pint-sized doubts about yourself becoming a geek after you stepped into foreign territory with primary intent to pursue your higher studies, yet you were about to repeat the course of your personal history by making errs you already made in the past and, evidently, paid the price for. You were diagnosed, once again, with symptoms of recurrent attempts to socialize with people at the expense of your own academics and personal goals.

Such negligence and skewness on your part is ought to be felt remorse for. How, on God’s earth, could you forget people out there who find solace and felicity watching you prosper? How could you overlook the rare element of colossal concern you’ve for people who, you think, really deserve the fruits of your perpetual struggle? Alas and alack! Water under the bridge, the overwhelming syndrome was spotted, this time, in its earlier stages and you’re now under treatment for good. Never too late to turn over a new leaf.

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Tell me that you’re all ears. I want you to back yourself into a corner and reiterate the idea in your mind to never EVER disregard your personal space. It’s time to let go of petty and futile conduct. Make yourself your priority. Every single day. No more alibis. The greatest gift you can give to someone is your attention and acknowledgment, and truth be spoken it always starts with you. Spare some time regularly for yourself to organize and re-organize the ideas, thoughts, and learned wisdom to let them leave eternal imprints on your mind, soul and your overall persona. Give your highly organized prolific contemplations an opportunity to nurture your conscience and emotions. Go to sleep every night with sweet lullaby of contentment; the satisfaction of being a better version of yourself, and coeval excitement of next day to kill. Keep an equilibrium between your societal life and personal life for it is essential ingredient to joyous life.

2.jpgTravel. A lot. Try to be solo-adventurer as it triggers your confidence and assists you in overcoming doubts you’ve about yourself. Point-to-ponder, fear is natural and inevitable, and is backed with uncertainty intimidating you that you can’t make it so why not befriend with fear? Let it be your ultimate strength, companion and valiance in every venture you’re up for. Let the consequences of your failure be so dire and so unthinkable that you’ve no choice but to give it your all. That’s how you play with the fear. The moment you will get to this point will be the moment you become invincible. The moment when nothing will dare to drag you back from accomplishing what you really yearn for.

3.jpgGood thing, you do realize that avid reading radiates your mind with non-stop positive energy, and provoke your thoughts. That’s why I laud you for being a bibliophilic. The person you’ll become in the next five or ten years is based on the books you’ll read and the people you’ll surround yourself with. Therefore, read books to feed your soul and overall persona. Through books, cultivate the flair of communicating with people by being respectful; after all it is them you’ll be encountering with and exchanging sagacity for the rest of your life.


Now it’s the time to cherry-pick reassuring the best of your social circle. Level-up. It’s always the best scheme not to hang out with people who tend to stoop down and take your time and presence for granted. At the same time, don’t look down upon ANYONE especially the ones who look up to you for your care and counsel. Be an icon of love, generosity, and sympathy. Stop being judgmental but be shrewd. Avoid insinuating people. Shun derogatory discussions. Instead, opt rhetoric lingos to make your point. Being humane is always effective to keep people on your side. Impersonate, if you have to, to save your face but without putting others under the odium as it is ruthless to belittle or hurt anyone for any thinkable reason. Last but not least, be humble than being pretentious, for the trees loaded with fruits always come with their boughs declining.

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With this, I leave this adjuration to you with resilient faith that you encounter solace in every step you’d take towards the only dream deeply rooted inside your heart. *smiles*

Your very own protagonist

About the author:

Mohsin Ali, bearing from the famed city of Lahore, is a batch 19 Gikian who completed his bachelor’s degree in Material Sciences. He is currently a research student at Dalian University of Technology (DUT)  in China, pursuing a master’s degree in Materials Processing Engineering.

During his time in GIK Institute, Mohsin was a member of NETRONIX and taught at one of Project Topi’s initiatives. In 2012 he led a team of 4 to victory in a business plan competition at FAST Lahore.

Mohsin believes in the art of being gentle yet smart to develop stronger human relations to avoid human conflict. He believes in the power of compassion, love, and empathy.

For all our readers, Mohsin sends his message: “Stop comparing yourself to each other and just do your best. Do what makes your heart smile. Students think it’s late that we’ve already selected our career and that we can’t go back. Know that it’s never too late. Don’t belittle anyone around you for any reason and just be kind to humans around you.”

A GIKI BlogPost Original (Lessons From Foreign Land)

This blog is taken from the GIKI BlogPost and all the credit goes to them from PrepareHOW Entry Test Preparation Platform. All thanks to GIKI Alumni Association and to the one and only Rayyan Zahid (Batch 24) – Vice President Marketing – GIKI Alumni Association.

Rayyan Zahid is serving a role that aims to grow and maintain one of the greatest collection of human capital in Pakistan. His responsibilities revolve around building a nexus of opportunities from a network consisting of 6000+ professionals from 70+ countries that are part of the alumni association. He also served as Assistant Manager E-Commerce for Reckitt Benckiser in the past and is currently settled as Climate Reality Leader in United States.

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