Pain into power. Wound into wisdom
I am Tazrina Chowdhury, an aspiring researcher in the field of disaster resilience and emergency management. I am particularly interested in working with vulnerable communities, understand their lifeworld and increase their resilience capacity in faces of disasters. My PhD research focuses on the experiences of cyclone-affected women in Bangladesh and I am in the 3rd year of my PhD candidature.
The year 2020 is a challenging year for all of us and I was finding it difficult to keep myself motivated. When I started preparing for the 3MT competition, I was driven to identify potential outcomes of my research to structure an engaging storyline for the speech, which helped me to pick up the pace of my work. The competition also boosted my confidence to present my ideas and thoughts in front of people with expertise in diverse branches. 3MT gave me an opportunity to meet other wonderful PhD candidates; the constructive criticisms during the practice sessions and working as a team while competing each other made the journey unique and even more interesting.