I would rather die of passion than of boredom

By Vincent Van Gogh.

These are silver words of famous dutch painter, who was also one of the most dominant and influential figure in the history of western art.

Wouldn’t you like to do the same that was once your passion, but unfortunately you got buried due to busy life schedule, due to boring professional life?  Wouldn’t you like to have some inspirational stories to tell your grandchildren about how adventurous, creative and learned you were and how you fulfilled your dreams alongside your profession?

Unfortunately, even though we have plenty of talented people around but only few get a chance to unleash their hidden talents and few of institutes are playing very important role in it. Luckily, the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is one of the few that does offer such opportunities for the talented people. LifeTime Learning @LUMS ( LLL) was started 2 years ago and have successfully attracted more than 2,500 participants from all ages.

Here are few of the participants of these courses who have shared their journey how their lives changed and they become more dynamic following their experience at LLL.

Shawaz Baluch who was a Lt. Commander in the Pakistan Navy, but after an incident, he got visually impaired. he just took 2 courses in LLL to strengthen  his passion for learning and now he is motivational speaker and assistant professor at a university.

Here’s what he had to say:

 

I can only define the overall experience in three words; 

immaculate, amazing, and professional.

The atmosphere was really electrifying and being a blind person I was really appreciated and motivated by everyone. The courses which I have taken were project and result-oriented, and they have added to my armory of skills and competence. I practically launched a project of an online store by applying the tools and techniques which I learned during this course.

Lubna Shahnaz is an English teacher and has been a part of LLL for four sessions. It is truly remarkable that even at the age of 60,she believes in constant learning and has been continuously reinventing herself, giving us some major goals on how to live like a boss in your 60s!Here are a few words from her:

 

I am so proud to have been a part of this journey that started with a purple and white flyer that dropped out of the Sunday newspaper. I have taken up to four courses now.
I am a teacher and after every course I found myself better equipped to meet the challenges that came my way, inside and outside the classroom.

 

 Sundus Umer is an ambitious individual who is currently working as a designer in a prestigious design house. In her struggle to achieve the goals in her prevalent field, she took a course on Design, Clothing and Textile at LLL to enhance her skills. Here is what she had to say about her experience:

 

My journey at Lifetime Learning @LUMS was an excellent one. I had enrolled in the Design, Clothing and Textile programme. The instructor Miss Sahar Atif is extremely professional. We were also able to build our own portfolio which helped me later on. My time spent at LUMS gave me a chance to meet fellow students and we would discuss our common interests which were fashion and design. I also got the opportunity to discover what other options I had in the field of design.

 

Syed Talha Shah is a medical doctor, currently preparing for his medical specialty exams. During his time at Lifetime Learning @LUMS, he explored the writer in himself and since then he has been writing blogs for Daily Times and Word Press.

When I first heard about the Lifetime Learning @LUMS (LLL) programme, I felt that finally I had found what I’d been longing for. I took two language courses, nutrition and one more course, ‘Content writing’ by Ms. Nyla Daud, who had invaluable experiences to share. I got to meet great writers as guests during the course, which increased my learning experience manifold! Fortunately, all three of my assignments got published in the Daily Times. Needless to say, it boosted my confidence and enthusiasm. That is how I discovered the writer in myself!

 Muhammad Bilal is a Digital Marketer who runs his own venture under the name of ‘Digital Marketing Lahore’. He now delivers guest speeches in various institutions on Digital Media.

My journey at LUMS has been a wonderful one. The SEO course I took there gave me great insights as to what happens in this field and now I am using those techniques and knowledge in my own business. My instructor, Usman Latif, made sure that the majority of our learning involves practicality. This has helped me become better at my expertise.

 Don’t these stories inspire you to also pursue your dreams? If so, what are you waiting for? Get yourself registered for their upcoming session and celebrate your passion. As Wanda Sykes, the American writer and comedian, puts it,

 

 

 

 

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