Who is Nadia?
I’m Nadia, a postgraduate student here at Newcastle university. I was born in Saudi Arabia and grew up in the city of Abha. Unfortunately, there is a wide misconception of what Saudi Arabia is like. Many associate the Middle East and especially Saudi Arabia with deserts and extremely hot weather. However, every part of the country has its own terrain, features, and climate. Abha city is located in the Southern part of the country where you’ll find Huge mountains that touch the clouds, beautiful natural scenes, and great moderate weather. Typically, throughout the year Abha is well known for its somewhat cold weather and frequent rain showers. Of course, this is not the only city with these features, people just need to visit and experience it for themselves. When I moved to Newcastle, there wasn’t that big of a change in terms of climate. I found myself adapting very quickly due to the similarities between the two cities.
Education and Work:
After I graduated University with a Bachelors degree in education, I worked as a teacher in almost every stage in the education system. Including elementary, middle, and high school students. In addition, due to my frequent travels around the world I had the privilege of working in many schools as a volunteer. During that period, I found a great passion in me to help and push the idea of equality within the education systems around the world. Although we live in a progressive period in today’s world, unfortunately many families and kids are deprived and stripped away from their right for education. This realisation instilled in me a deep curiosity and motivation to look more into this issue and understand how we can change this reality.
In my spare time, I enjoy writing things like articles and motivational quotes typically written in Arabic. I also enjoy playing football, but the funny thing is, I don’t like watching it. Music is another big part of my life, especially smooth and soulful jazz music. Some of my favorite artists include Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Ella Fitzgerald.
As I finish this degree, I plan to continue my educational journey by taking my PhD degree to further my knowledge and experience in this field. Following that, I would like to implement everything that I’ve learned from this journey as a lecturer in the university I graduated from about 10 years ago as a way to give back and leave an impactful positive change.
Now, to address the elephant in the room. The recent pandemic has obviously changed our lives completely. Although causing us many difficulties in the beginning all in efforts to continue our day to day lives whilst changing everything we know, it has opened my eyes to many positive aspects which we typically overlook. A different level of appreciation has now been engraved in those who experienced this unfortunate new reality. Many of us didn’t realize how important and valuable our time is with our loved ones or how much we love our freedoms until we lost them. A great quote that I read said “Always show appreciation. What’s taken for granted will eventually be taken away. Then you end up missing most of what you least appreciated”. This quote might sound very cliché, but It really resonated with me throughout lockdown.
Finally, to whoever is reading this. I hope you at least somewhat enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more.