Baneen Fatima - “Middlesex to Humber - Dubai to Canada: Should I believe in Destiny?”


Baneen Fatima

Baneen has travelled from Dubai, UAE to study a Design Foundation Programme at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

If you are the kind of person who loves exploring new places and different cultures, you are a friend I will like. If you are a fan of good food, you are my best friend. If you also find it thrilling to go on adventures, especially participating in extreme sports, you and I are soul mates.

My name is Baneen Fatima and I am an international student of Humber College, Canada. I was born and raised in Dubai, UAE; but I ethnically belong to Pakistan. How did I happen to end up in Canada?  Well, it’s a long story.


“How did I happen to end up in Canada?”

You see, I have always been the baby of the family, being the only daughter among three sons. For the most part of my life, I have been protected by my parents and to some extent, by my brothers. It didn’t help that I was a ‘go with the flow’ kind of a person, which meant that I didn’t really have a plan in life. So, when I started my post-secondary education at Middlesex University, Dubai, I managed to select a degree program based on statistical evidences that pointed toward successful future jobs. I know—I too was impressed with the amount of jargon used by the degree program and so, I completed it.


“… the only daughter among three sons.”

After I finished my bachelors at Middlesex, I tried to convince my parents to let me go and experiment with my life. Even though I had gone to university for several years, I still felt dependent and protected. I feared that if I didn’t push myself into a less comfortable lifestyle, I would never learn to cope with hard times. It may sound immature to some of you out there. You may think that this person, in spite of having everything handed to her on a silver platter, still wished to face the harsher side of life. You are right. That’s how my parents felt as well. So you can probably tell how difficult it must have been for my parents to let me go out into the big bad world all on my own. But then again, how else would I learn to walk on my own two feet?