Faiza Mubeen is a counselor and a part of many projects related to women and mental health. We sat down with her for a live session.
We wanted to know about her work and what makes her want to do what she does.
Femmerang: What made you decide to go into this line of work?
Faiza Mubeen : In the words of Langston Hughes, I believe my students should have the opportunity to ‘hold fast to dreams.’ I have been in schools and learning spaces for the past 16 years and each time I learnt that one of my students has achieved a dream of going to college or achieving her/his goals, I felt it as a rewarding moment.
I would say, the reason I decided to join and then, stay, in this area of work is that I revel and rejoice in the students’ achievements and accomplishments, believing very strongly that my partnership and support during their learning journey has contributed to their success.
FR: What was the first moment you knew this is what you want to do?
FM: I was 16 years old when I started teaching as a junior teaching support at a local school. I enjoyed it and that was the time I knew I would be in remedial and support programs for students. Counseling and inclusion is an extension or progression in the similar line of work.
FR: What is the most challenging part of this work?
FM: Counseling is challenging and rewarding at the same time. However, some challenges are worth opting for. As you know, if given the right time and effort, the reward is huge.
There are several challenges but the hardest of them all is to ensure safety while making the student open herself/himself to you and keeping your personal judgements aside and most importantly setting relationship limits.
FR: What is the most rewarding part of this work?
FM: Student success and them finding their sense of belonging.
FR: Is there a sense of fulfillment in this work? Can you speak about that?
FM: Human interaction with positivity and appreciation is always rewarding and gives a sense of fulfilment. Counseling is all about supporting people and specifically young people to find themselves, their strengths and work on the weaknesses. This is for sure a very satisfying and fulfilling feeling for anyone to have at the end of each day.
FR: Tell us about the book?
FM: SHE DARES is a project of Mena Speakers, an organization that works on women empowerment in the Middle East region.
I am proud to be a part of this wonderful initiative together with 30 plus women co-authors. The book is filled with enlightening and emboldening life stories to inspire the readers.
FR: What inspired you put it together?
FM: Reading & writing have always been my passion and I strongly believe that both are the strongest acts of communication.
I was contacted by the organization to pen down a piece that would be inspiring and encouraging to young women readers.
FR: What can one expect to see in the book?
FM: You would be able to read 30 plus real life experiences penned down by internationally recognized women leaders. The launch is expected to be at the EXPO 2020 in the thriving city of Dubai.
FR: What is next for you?
FM: I am excited to be able to attend school and learning institutions physically, unlike the past two years. I am positive and feel ready to embrace the new normal.
I am looking forward to a very exciting year, more focused on pastoral care, wellbeing and career/academic counseling and guidance.
FR: What is the one thing that you would want the world to know about you?
FM: I would want the readers to know that to me, it is extremely important to seek guidance on crucial aspects and points in life. I learnt at a very early age in life that a sense of belonging is fundamental to our life satisfaction, happiness, mental and physical health and even longevity. It gives us a sense of purpose and meaning. Do not hesitate ever to keep craving for your sense of belonging as it keeps you rooted and yet innovative.