For the student planning to venture out of their home and set sail for higher studies, the busiest time of the year is in the Fall. University application season is hard, but it is harder still to pack one’s bags and leave everything familiar behind. The international student feels especially divided at a time like this: the excitement of experiencing something new and the feeling of bereavement while leaving their world behind. “Packing” speaks of the act of taking with one the things that are important, special, and worthwhile. Though it is virtually impossible to carry one’s whole world in two suitcases, it is still worth trying to fit in as much as possible.

Author Biography

Qazi Mustabeen Noor (she/her/they/them) teaches English at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). Since completing her Master of Arts in English from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, she has returned to Dhaka, Bangladesh to pursue writing both creatively and academically. Her work of fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Himal Southasian Magazine, The Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune and Six Seasons Review.