Hot seat: Tariq Rana


Job Title: Mathnasium instructor / Mathematics teacher.

Where did you go to school?
I went to school in Karachi. I finished secondary school from Gulshan e Fatima Secondary School and college from Daya Ram Jethmal College. I then completed my degree of Bachelors in commerce and business from the University of Karachi.

What was your favourite subject?
My favorite subject was undoubtedly maths, especially algebra and statistics. I have always loved solving mathematical problems – and especially when they evolved around subjects of everyday life. I also had great teachers for maths which made me appreciate the beauty of it throughout my academic career – they always found ways to drive me to practice and learn more and to get better scores every time.

What was your least favourite subject?
I liked all my subjects, but if I had to pick one, it would be PE (Physical Education). I preferred books over physical activity I guess (I was a bit lazy!).

Did you have a favourite teacher?
I was very fortunate to have fantastic teachers and I learned a lot from every one of them. They taught me some very important things not only in terms of education but also how to live life fully by working hard and always strive to achieve my personal and professional goals. Their guidance and teachings were very important to me and they will always stay with me.

Were you a good student (or a naughty one)?
This might be boring, but I was a very good student actually. I was always very active in class in all subjects (except for PE that is). Even on weekends, I was often studying for pleasure, and I still love learning new things.

What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
That’s a difficult question, but probably something that came about through my weird dance performances. Haha.

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
There are so many but if I had to choose one, it is probably the trophies I won in Grades one, four, five, six, eight, 10 and 12. My parents were always very, very happy on these occasions and I really loved seeing them feeling proud of me - especially my mum!

What about your worst memory?
Worst memory? I don’t really have one – I was lucky that my teachers liked me and I liked them. My school days were great, I have no negative memories at all from those days!

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