While coming from Pakistan, I belong to a rural area there where I spent my childhood playing with the cattle and mud. My school was almost 40 km away from my home. So, my father took a very bold decision to migrate from the village and we settled in a nearby city where I started my educational career. On 8th October 2005, I was in my school and there was a very severe earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 that destroyed the major cities of Pakistan and turned them to the ground. I was a school kid at that time and this incident really changed my interests I started taking interest in the earth observations and related geospatial phenomena. After completing high school, I decided to start my bachelor’s in the field of space science to learn more about the earth and the other environmental factors. So. In 2015 I started my bachelor’s in one of the renowned institutes in Pakistan, the University of the Punjab, Lahore. Being interested in earthquakes and satellite imagery, I did my thesis on monitoring the Chaman fault line by using the sentinel data and DEM.
After my bachelor’s in Space sciences from Pakistan with a major in remote sensing and GIS and I was planning to do my master’s abroad. Meanwhile, I came to know about Aalto University, and I explored that Aalto is offering a master in Geoinformatics. When I read more about the program on the program page, then the research in the field of remote sensing and laser scanning, it really motivated me to apply for this master’s program. So, I applied from Pakistan and well said that hard work pays you off, I got the acceptance from Aalto with the A-category scholarship.