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Raising the Bar

Samia Said
Talks to
Naziba Basher

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I studied in SFX Greenherald International School until my O'Levels (10th grade) were over. I don't particularly miss my school days but I miss the time I spent with my friends at school. School was all about not having responsibilities, lots of 'addas' and fun. We never had to worry about what we would do when we would grow up and our careers. The best part about school was how my friends and I were all such foodies! We used to eat all the time, in or out of class. Our teachers would always wonder where the smell of food was coming from during class but they would never figure out that it was the few of us who would sneak food out of our bags and silently munch on them!

After my O'Levels were over, I got into Oxford International School for my A' Levels (11th and 12th grade). My days at Oxford were mostly about bunking classes. We had fewer restrictions, so being a rebel was obvious for most of us. We would usually laze around the first six months, but the last six months before the exam were when we would actually do some hard work and study. Most of my friends from school went to study in the Edexcel curriculum and I picked Cambridge, so it was natural that we went to different schools. But Oxford was very welcoming and the people were always very nice to me.

However, when I enrolled into North South University, where I am currently studying Economics, things have changed. I got all my old friends back and combining them with my new friends got me to have a nice, big group of friends that I am very attached to now. University is a lot of fun. We spend most of our time in the cafeteria because, believe it or not, we're still the food lovers we used to be when we were young. I had, initially, planned on getting into a university in the USA but since my grades weren't high enough to get me a scholarship, I stayed back.

Since childhood, I always wanted to be in the limelight. Which is why, when I was 16 years old, I had planned on registering for the Lux Channel i Super Star pageant. Since the contestants had to be 18 or above, I couldn't so I decided to continue with my studies until I was of age. Then, when the last registration took place,I decided to put my name down. I hadn't really even asked anyone, I just announced to my mother that I'm taking part in the pageant and asked her not to tell anyone because I wanted to see how far I could go. After I had made it to the top 10, I called my father, who was abroad at the time, and gave him the news. He didn't say much to me but I could tell he wasn't happy about the whole idea because he didn't really understand what it was. After he had returned and saw what the show was actually about, he was very supportive. There were even times when classes and shootings would all coincide and I would decide to quit because things got hectic for me, but my family stood by my side and pushed me to keep going. If it wasn't for them, I would not be the proud winner of Lux Channel i Super Star now.

Shortly after winning, I had performed at a show in Singapore where I had to dance and currently, I'm shooting for a drama fiction coming out this Eid called Increment. I want to keep acting and push myself further to see how far I can go. I plan on going to India to study acting at one point and I also want to start modelling soon. All of this is very challenging for me, so I want to take the risk and test myself.

For young aspiring actors and models, I would ask them to keep studying hard. There's never a guarantee in this industry and the fame and limelight might vanish without your notice. It is only your education and knowledge that will help you rise. Success is never something that you can hurry yourself into, so be patient and, if you are willing enough, you are bound to go further in life than you can imagine!

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