Meet RC academic advisor Ishita Akhter

By Emily McAuliffe

Dr Ishita Akhter joined us in 2021 as an academic advisor in our Residential College. Here she shares a pivotal moment in her life and her life philosophy.

What do you enjoy most about working at Trinity College?

The very warm environment, structured work approach, approachable colleagues, the beautiful office, and so on.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A doctor, but I went on to become an academic!

What was your favourite subject at school?

English, as I was very good at it.

Has there been a pivotal moment in your life?

My marriage, it changed my whole life completely and turned me into a happier and better human being.

What’s an interesting story from your life or travels you’d like to share?

I am the first person among all my relatives to be married to a person who is not from the same country as I am (Bangladesh), and we knew each other in another country, which is our second home (Australia). To say the least, he is the smartest person I have ever met in my life and I have learned many things from him. One interesting thing about our marriage is we communicate in multiple languages at home and can understand each other’s native languages to a good extent!

If you could go on a return trip to any point in time in the past or future, where would you go?

I would want to visit the day I was born. I want to experience the joy of my family as I was born after a long time into my parents’ marriage!

What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given?

Let it be, don’t overstress.

What would make the world a better place?

People being responsible.

Which activities make you lose track of time?

My work!

What is your life philosophy?

Be a better version of yourself and uphold others too.


03 May 2021