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This was not the ending I imagined, says Malala about her graduation

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

12th Aug, 2020. 08:11 pm
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Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai opened about her overall experience of studying at Oxford University and said she did not like the way her graduation ended. 

The nobel prize laureate Malala studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the Britain’s prestigious Oxford University. She graduated in the month of June.

In an interview, Malala said she did not get the chance to enjoy her last months at the university due to the pandemic.

“In March, I picked up a few things from my room at Oxford University—books, shoes, clothes—enough for the three-week Easter break. Months later, I am still at home with my parents.”

She went on to say,

“Throughout the spring, I took classes by Zoom and final exams in my bedroom. In June, I graduated in the backyard,” recalled Yousafzai. She then explained how she returned to Oxford for only two hours, to collect her remaining belongings and move out for the last time. “Like other 2020 graduates, this was not the ending I imagined.”

Yousafzai reminisced how she had explored each and every street in Oxford during the initial days of her academic year. She even took pictures of every beautiful garden, had tea in every cafe, and ate in every dining hall especially the Harry Potter one on the campus.

“This was my last chance to see, hear, touch, and taste it all—and I missed it,” said Malala.

The girls’ education activist highlighted the importance of education.

“We set our own schedules—even small decisions like what to eat or how to spend a Sunday are thrilling. In my early days at Oxford, a senior student told me that university life is sleeping, studying, and socializing—and you can only pick two.”

Yousafzai told the interviewer how her friends wanted her to skip studies and go out to hang out in the pub.

“I don’t drink, but being the only sober one in a group of students arguing over Brexit is its own fascination,” said the youngster.

She even told about her co-curricular activities and the shows she enjoyed watching during her stay at Oxford.

“I watched Rick and Morty or The Big Bang Theory and left my assignments until the last possible minute, submitting many un-commendable essays. I stayed awake until 5 am to see the sunrise over the gardens. I still haven’t mastered laundry.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Malala at the age of 11 she started to raise her voice for girls’ education in Pakistan. When she turned 12, Taliban shot her for advocating the girls’ education.

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