Hey guys, my name is Simran and I am an international student who is a hybrid Indian by ethnicity but I grew up in the barren lands of the nomads- Oman. Now I am pretty sure most of you don’t know where Oman is, so let me give you a quick geography lesson. Oman is a small country located in the Middle East and is right by Dubai (UAE). Also why a hybrid Indian? That’s because I have parents from the North and South of India hence the term hybrid!
So I just finished the first year of my Biomedical Sciences course at the university (whoot whoot). However I still remember exactly one year ago today I was in my room, all alone waiting anxiously for the clock to strike four so I could see the outcome of my IB results. I still recall the increasing heart rate as the clock was slowly and painstakingly approaching four. And then at last, relief… Seeing those two words ‘diploma awarded’ was the best feeling ever. Though soon after that it hit me that, that was the end of a whole chapter of my life and now came this new chapter that I had no clue what to expect from.
After receiving my results I just had over a month before I had to leave for the U.K. and that month flew by faster than I would have liked it to. There was just so much to do like go to all my favourite restaurants, go to my favourite places in the country, visit the beaches, meet all my friends and spend as much as time I could with them as well as my family. I would highly recommend to do something memorable with your close friends because although its sad to admit you never know when you will be reunited all together at the same. For example I went on short trip to a resort with my close group of friends and we had a blast. Click loads of photos, take goofy videos, because in the end when you miss your friends you will have these memories to look back on. I used to be the photographer of our group, so I would force my friends to take loads of selfies, and although they would sometimes find it annoying at the time, they all cherish the photos now.
However when the time comes to say goodbye to them, it’s going to suck and be really upsetting. Though the worst part is, there is nothing that can prepare you for it and you’ll have to come in terms with the reality that your friends who used to once be on the top of your whatsapp chat list and be your best friends on snapchat may not be anymore… But that is just part of the transition phase…
Also don’t freak out if you see your mother burst into tears at random times or things you say that make her cry because it’s all part of the process… I remember there was this one time where I was watching this Bollywood movie with her in the cinema (it is a thing my mum and I have been doing since I was a kid) and I said to her that this would be our last Bollywood movie that we will be watching together for a while and that was it, the tears spilt over and flowed down her face like a river escaping a dam (have to admit that was a little dramatic but you get the point).
All in all, if you feel like these last few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, don’t worry cause it is a lot of change to deal with in a very short span. However you need to realise that although right now you are feeling overwhelmed, you have so much to look forward to, and so many new adventures to experience as you enter this new stage… And trust me you are going to love it!