Working as an Assistant counsellor with Ad Astra.
My name is Ihsan Arsalan and I recently completed my Bachelors in English Literature from Lahore University of Management Sciences. I have been particularly interested in Animal and Cyborg Studies, Religion and Gender. Apart from academics I love trekking in the Himalayas and Karakorum, and recently I have started rock-climbing which is exhilarating. The reason behind entering the field of counseling was the motivation to interact with students and improve my methods of engagement. I wanted to explore new ways of teaching and pedagogy which is why I felt that Ad Astra would be the perfect platform. One might question how is teaching related to counseling? I believe that counseling is a process of passing on knowledge and training students in a particular tradition. Hence, it is based on the fundamentals of effective teaching and communication of ideas. My aim is to destabilize the power dynamics that make students passive participants because I want to make my practice a process that is dialogic In which I learn from students as much as I teach them. Not being able to access such services when I applied to colleges is another reason why I want to assist students applying to colleges now. Rest assured, I want to tell both students and parents that this is a process that requires a lot of arduous creative labor from all parties involved but it is worth it when you receive the letter of acceptance.