You might be wondering what does this photo says, so let me translate for you. It says: “For each hard-worker a share.”
A year ago, I wouldn’t believe that I’ll be here today. Busy working on the end of year reports, deadlines approaching for scholarships with no time to apply, got frustrated from the tonnes of rejection emails I received since I graduated telling me how competitive the selection process is and wishing me good luck.
But, here I’m. One step closer to achieving my dream.
I still remember the day that Johanna called me, 23rd of June 2016, 5:33 p.m., I was preparing for a phone interview with many A4 papers in my hand as I wrote down some question and answers I thought that I’ll be asked! I anxiously answered the phone, “Hello”, “Hiii! is this Muhammad?” asked Jo, “Yes!” I replied, “How are you?” “I’m good alHamdulillah” I was so nervous that I didn’t even realised that I replied with an Arabic word! then she said: “I just called you to tell you that you have been accepted in the MasterCard Foundation scholarship! and we hope to see you next September”. Time froze at that moment and too many questions and thoughts were in my head, did she just say that I was accepted? Am I dreaming? Is this happening? and to be honest, I can’t remember exactly what I said or she said, but I think she repeated her words to confirm! then after saying thank you! she hanged up!
I didn’t tell my family right away, I needed to confirm what happened by receiving an official email from Jo!
It was Ramadan back then, and I was fasting, so when we gathered up to eat at night, I finally told my family, haha! after confirming with Jo’s email and offer letter.
When I look back in time, I’m actually happy for all the rejection emails I got. They only made me more determinant in what I want to study, and how to prove that I deserve a chance ti study it. And it also taught me that good things happen to those who work hard for them! that you can’t just quit after 1,2 or 5 tries. You need to keep trying, which is really widened my perspective and gave me the courage to fight any difficulty that I might face. Because, after all, Dreams do come true.