My decision to take admission at the Department of English and Humanities (DEH) in the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) was not pre-planned, but that sudden decision just changed my life. I began to reinvent myself after choosing to pursue my degrees as a Literature major. At DEH, learning is more than earning grades. I started seeing the beauty of liberal arts, a pursuit of holistic knowledge that engages us with life. Our extremely qualified faculty, most of whom have years of experience of teaching or studying abroad, instilled a passion in me for active learning. They opened my eyes and made me see more than just what the front door had been showing me for years. They taught me to expand the horizons of my mind and understand the wide world outside. It was indeed a journey through excellence. And the greatest lesson that my university has given me is a belief that I can bring change not only to myself but also to the people around me, the world around me.
Hosneara Yesmin Eti (MA alumnus – 153 batch – Valedictorian)
It had been an epistemological journey doing Masters in English Literature and Cultural Studies at ULAB. In an expansive green permanent campus with well equipped class rooms and modern amenities, the program is conducted by scholars and well experienced faculty members. They have influenced and inspired me to construct my knowledge in different genres, relating them to theories by revisionists and revolutionists. Previously completing both BBA and MBA from leading local and international institutions and serving two conglomerates, I have long nourished an ambition to do an MA in Creative Writing which can best be nurtured in the beautiful politics free ambiance of ULAB. In the epoch of globalization, competition is fierce and one has to prove that she/ he is unique. A totality of perseverance, eagerness to learn and presenting literary skills in a creative manner are quintessential to creating and sustaining a position in any future profession. I want to prepare myself as a writer of fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, and poetry. Since childhood, I had a passion to be heard and read. This has driven me to enroll for my second MA in English at ULAB in the Creative Writing track which will enable me to reconstruct my literary skills through the guidance of eminent scholars of our country and getting my best works published.
Tanzim Aziz (MA alumnus – 153 batch – Magna Cum Laude)
My educational journey throughout my BA (Hons) and MA has been wonderful. Frankly speaking, I have learned a lot from ULAB. I started with a lower CGPA but I was able to achieve an almost perfect CGPA by the end of my undergraduate program. That inspired me to the right path of completing my MA degree from the same university. Though the MA journey was a little hard, I strove to learn from this university. I wanted to grasp more and will miss those mind-blowing lectures from my DEH faculty members. I was the first from my batch at DEH to get a full-time job before finishing my undergraduate degree. This made my family and friends proud of me – and all credit goes to my ULAB. I want to pursue higher studies abroad and ULAB has given me the confidence to do so. I will miss ULAB!
Afroza Akhter Toma (MA alumnus – 162 batch)
When I first began at ULAB, I had no idea that it would take me on such a fulfilling journey. Before this, I did not possess any viable skills, but the English and Humanities department challenged me to take on tough responsibilities, like organizing events and even becoming the Editor of the newsletter The Golden Bough. ULAB made me what I am today – confident, well-educated, with the ability to take on the challenges of life and work.
It was a sudden decision to take admission in DEH at ULAB after a long study break but it was the best decision of my life so far. I am now in California, living my dream, exploring culture and discovering a new Rubaiyat. I received the Community College Initiative Program scholarship sponsored by the United States Department of State for two semesters with an internship opportunity. I was a girl who had stage-fright and fear of public speaking. DEH has transformed me into a confident person who has worked as a host in conferences and events at ULAB and now I am participating in many events in the US. DEH is my dream center; every event and course they designed gave me great opportunities to ace my skills. I was able to achieve this because my DEH has motivated and guided me till the final procedure of this scholarship application. I cannot thank my department enough and I promise to make my department proud when I return.