Ms Zainab Khalid
HUC Fellow 2018, PhD Scholar
College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, China
My participation gave me an immediate sense of belonging and helped me discover my passion for research in the Himalaya.
Being a fellow of the HUC Academy helped strengthen my theoretical base, and the fieldwork immensely enhanced my research skills. I became mindful of minute details like the weather and culture when planning for fieldwork. The academy also allowed me to practice the art of effective communication, ethical interaction, and patient listening. All this prepared me for when I set out to collect qualitative data for my own PhD. I could comfortably manage working alone in the field for more than two months in the Western Himalaya, Pakistan.
I must say that being an HUC fellow helped me a great deal in my professional and personal life. Luckily, I found this platform at the start of my professional career. I connected with the right people whose work guided me in my own research and motivated me to produce quality work myself.