Two thousand and seventeen

Two thousand and seventeen

Nisha Rajakrishna, Managing Editor of Assignments'

Last year, as the clock neared twelve, from our airport hotel in Grand Rapids, my family and I began to countdown surrounded by dozens of suitcases and bewildered by the sight of a foot of snow. As I looked around our messy hotel room and outside into the darkness, I realized that everything would be okay. My new home was going to be just fine.

As I started school only a few days into the new year, I was immersed in a completely new learning environment. Though it took getting used to, I began to enjoy the independent style of my classes. Along the way, I met dozens of new people, most of whom happily welcomed me with open arms. I learned new ways, experienced new things, and settled into a new life.

Gradually, the snow melted as the sun began to shine a little brighter. Before I knew it, it was already summer. A hectic school year came to a quiet end as I reflected upon the first few months of my Michigan high school experience. Over the summer, I was lucky enough to travel and explore, spending a few weeks in Florida to catch up with old friends and experience the magic of Disney World for myself. On my trip to Southeast Asia, I relished spending time with family in Singapore and Malaysia. I explored the beaches of Bali and wandered through markets and alleyways.

Just as fast as it came upon me, all of a sudden, summer had ended, and I entered the long trek otherwise known as junior year. With a challenging class schedule and a new job, I found myself overwhelmed and longing for more hours than just 24 in a day. But, I persevered. Determined, I discerned how to truly maximize the time that I was wasting and discovered a newfound sense of contentment. I began to accept the challenge that I bestowed upon myself and no longer felt like I was wasting my days.

This year, as the clock nears twelve, from our city hotel in Kuching, India, my family and I will celebrate a successful year – one with innumerable twists, turns, and surprises along the way. On our trip, I will experience the beauty of Kerala, an Indian state, and indulge in the way of Keralan life. If I was able to not only survive this difficult year but prosper, I know that I will be able to take anything that life throws at me this coming year. Though I don’t know what this new year will bring, perhaps new friends, classes, and responsibility, or maybe even a new home, with the help of my family and friends, I’ll be able to take it.