My name is Alizeh Abbas and I am really excited about contributing to this blog.
Exactly a year ago, I was in my room, staring at the midterm exams schedule in front of me, and trust me when I say that it did stare right back at me.
The second year of A level started with the much awaited CIE results, first term passed in the blink of an eye, and, before we knew it, arrived the time of discussions regarding university applications, tests, interviews, and requirements, including SAT exams and the likes.
I distinctly remember what it was like thinking about preparing for the AKU test, not knowing exactly where to start from, and trying to maintain a healthy balance between curriculum and extra-curricular activities (for most of us).
During those moments of chai refills, determination, anxiety, hard work, and exhilaration, there was one thing I was certain of, and that was this:
When I am done with all of this and have finally been admitted to the medical school of my choice, I shall help those who are still trying to find their way to success and need guidance, assistance and, many times, just a little push in the correct direction.
On making it to Aga Khan University Class of 2018, I was looking for a way to do what I had promised myself, when I thought of contributing to this blog. Now, here I am—thanks to the very kind Sohaib Qadri who agreed to let me co-author it—trying to make a difference in the lives of those who have dreams they want to live and goals they want to achieve.
I have been working on some pieces to answer most of the queries that many of you may have:
- AKU paper pattern and time management;
- Difference between preparation pattern for A level and intermediate students;
- Importance of SAT I AND II exams;
- Importance of a strong ECA profile;
- Community service and internships;
- Emphasis on one's achievements in the interviews without flaunting; and
- A timeline to help you plan your preparation schedule.
If any of you have anything else in mind, please don't hesitate to let us know.
This shall be it for now. I will be back with more posts.
Happy studying and preparing! Best of luck.
- Alizeh Abbas.