Benazir Marjan has completed her second Masters in English Language and Linguistics from University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh.
My Second Master’s, Marriage, Pregnancy, New Born and Covid-19! Did I Able to Finish the Degree?
My master’s classes started at 3rd February, 2018. I was continuing my job at the same time. Again my hardship started as my job time and class time collided. “O my God. What to do now?” I asked myself. My family advised me to leave this degree. “BBA and MBA is enough for you, no need to do this master.” I was feeling helpless. It was my dream to do double masters and I knew that any kind of hardship and challenge may appear till finishing the degree. Now, you will read the provocations that I had to face throughout the whole journey.
The university had two campuses. One is very nearby from my job place and also from my home. Another one was little far away. But the university used to provide transportation for students ease. In the first trimester I had one course in the distant campus. The place was unfamiliar to me. It seemed the whole sky was falling over my head. “How I will continue along with my job?” Slowly, I accepted. Once I went to the main campus, it compelled me to forget all those annoying thinking from my mind. The campus was so beautiful, full of green trees, open field and attractive departmental buildings.
I used to go there after finishing my job time by the bus that university provided. The bus was also lovely. When I reached to the campus, I had one hour in my hand. I used to take lunch in canteen which was so beautiful. Then I took a coffee and went to the ladies common room. When I felt that tiredness was trying to touch my body I stood up and roam around the appealing campus. All of my tiredness just went off. The gentle breeze was just enlighten my mind and soul. With a fresh and newfangled mind, I attended my class there.
I used to back to home almost at 6 O’ clock at evening. As usual, tired body went for asleep after taking bath. After waking up, I use to take preparations for my next day’s school session. My another master’s course was in weekend.
I thought master in English will be little easy. But my thinking turned just to opposite. The courses were really hard. Assignments, midterms, quizzes all drove me crazy continuing my job. This is how I have completed my two trimesters. In my third trimester I got married. I left the job. Soon, I got pregnant. I was so depressed to think what would happen to my dream. It was my mother who gave me 100% support saying “People can do anything if she wants, pregnancy can never be a barrier for you to reach your goal. Be determined and go on.”
Only with her brace, I moved on. I had regular monthly checkup in doctor’s chamber. My doctor was a renowned gynecologist, who also bolstered my mental strength in my whole pregnancy time.
Out of 6 trimesters I have finished my 4. The two trimesters which I have done with pregnancy time, was really hard. I had no sleep at night in my gestation period, faced hard to attend the classes. I had finished all assignments, exams, quizzes, presentations only with strong vigor of my mind.
The large and stunning campus of the university boosted my energy and swelled my love for study.
I have to drop one trimester due to my delivery. My princess borne at 17 August, 2019. I had severe back pain after delivery. After my daughter’s 2 months, I have started my studies. The real tussle started. I had to pass sleepless night with little baby and attend my classes. Sometimes, I slept in the class. Teachers knocked me and I woke up. But I never felt shy, rather I felt proud to continue my studies having a newborn. Still, I feel elevated to think about those days, a mother’s struggle to finish her degree.
As baby was too young I didn’t feel very much hardship to finish my assignments and exam preparations. When she slept I used to do all one by one. I didn’t waste even a second of my time.
The last but most crucial encounter, that appeared, is emergence of Covid-19 in my last trimester. There were only one course and my thesis left. Half of the trimester finished already, lock-down started. It was a pandemic situation all over the world. There were panic all around. “I have done huge struggle, now it is almost at the end of my degree and this Covid-19 arises. O my bad luck!” I thought inside.
But It was a blessing that online classes have started in zoom and google meet. We continued our course and also thesis work. We submitted all of our works through email. My master’s defense took place on google meet at 12th June, 2020.
Finally, my degree in Applied English Language and Linguistics has been completed with huge destitution in Spring 2020 trimester. My daughter is now one year old. One day when she will be grown up, may be I will share this journey to her. As of today, I really don’t know what might be her reaction at all.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Benazir Marjan