The journey from being one of those shy nerds in school whose idea of a social life bordered on being noticed in class when their hands shot up in the air to answer the question to being one of the many students at a media sciences university in Karachi, where the only book you are expected to read is probably the one that you yourself will write has not been uneventful. I have dreamt and I have followed. I have changed and I have evolved. I can still carve my own universe with a book in my hands but I have learnt to appreciate films too. Of the many things that the former nerd (now closeted) has picked up is the love for interviews.
I can still vividly recall my first interview at a local university and all I remember being asked is a bunch of “Whys?”. “Why this University?”, “Why this particular program?”, “What made you choose this?”, “Why do you look so harassed?” Considering there was a panel of four haggard looking professionals pelting me with questions, the answer to the last one need not be said aloud. I remember coming home, disheartened with an intense sense of realization that my life was now practically over, a sentiment that tends to surface in a teenagers’ life once every two days and wallow in self pity, I did.
Even though I did end up getting short listed after the interview, something had already changed. Now every decision I took was followed by an internal “Why?” and the process continued till I could justify every freaking decision I had made. It wasn’t fun but it was liberating. It was liberating because even though I hadn’t necessarily thought of reasons while making choices, now I had a reason to believe in them.
So when they asked me “Why media sciences?” at an interview for an accountancy firm, I replied “I think it’s essential for everyone to know how media works in order to allow ourselves to have informed, educated and unbiased opinions. It’s important to know how media has the power that it has to know where we stand as individuals in the decisions that we take.”
While the two person panel at the interview went out to contest, I knew I had won. The tables had turned. For now, the interviewers were being asked “Why?”.