An unforgettable journey

Muhammad Rahim Usman
3 min readFeb 19, 2021

Going back in time, when I started Amal, I was not sure about learning outcomes. We had new faces and I was not sure who would become my friend. Will I be able to remember the names of all of them!

I had so many questions in my mind but it turned out to be an unforgettable and amazing experience in my life I learned Amal values i.e. honesty, humility, acceptance, growth, and responsibility. The question here is what particular thing reminds me of the first two weeks at Amal. I really had to think hard about this but eventually, I was able to find the answer.

A Diary

I was given a diary by one of my seniors and Amal alumni, especially for this fellowship. It also had a special note in it on the first page and which is actually something that would remind me how I started this indelible journey. The note was about congratulating me on my selection for the Amal fellowship and wishing me good luck for that journey. I could not utilize that diary much but this diary would definitely remind me of those good early days.

A note from my senior

My session blogs

When I started my Amal journey and just had the first session I out of nowhere thought of writing a blog on that session. I was so stimulated and energized after the first that I applied the first learning which was the “Just start (Amal)” principle and wrote my first ever blog. I always wanted to write a blog but I was unable to do it before. However, Amal gave me the courage to explore myself and give it a try. Everyone including my facilitators praised my effort a lot. Those compliments motivated me and I wrote yet another blog on the very next session. It was yet again appreciated y everyone and I was even given the title “Mr. spy” by Ms Rabeea. So, I continued writing blogs until the fifth session since I could not find time writing them afterwards. But the experience of writing blogs while taking my boring online classes, excitement after publishing them and the pleasure of getting beautiful replies from my fellows were majestic.

Response on my first ever blog

Now, it’s the final week of Amal and I can not describe my feelings for my lovely fellows. How helping, motivating and encouraging fellows I got.

I just love them. I don’t know whether we will be able to stay connected after the Amal fellowship ends. But I’m so happy to have this experience to work among a group of positive people. I think the whole fellowship has a lot of memories that I can cherish and recall this splendid experience. I never knew that I would be fallen in love with this experience that much. Those learning group sessions, those gupshups, those session activities everything would be indelible and close to my heart. Perhaps, it seems like fellowship is injected in my blood may be Haha. Although, I am not having an ideal end since my exams are from the upcoming week so the last weeks have been so much hectic and exhausting but we can’t do anything about it.

Every part of Amal was new for me and memories will stay with me to remind me of the time well spent. I would love to have a lifetime fellowship if possible since I loved it that much and the idea that it’s ending makes me sad. I would like to dedicate a few lines to my whole batch:

Goodbyes are not forever,

Goodbyes are not the end.

They simply mean that we will miss you

until we meet again