In my journey until now, I’ve cleaned my slate five times. I say this because it wasn’t like moving from one job to another, or starting a new semester at school, I changed my environment, by choice or not, such that no one would know anything about me, there was no baggage, and it was a fresh start each time. At 14 I transferred from private school to public. At 17 I started at Simon Fraser University. At 21 I participated in an academic exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark. At 22 I interned abroad in Mumbai, India. And now, I am working in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. Continue reading →
The end of my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University is just around the corner. My last exam is this coming Saturday and my Convocation Ceremony in a few weeks. This really is, for me, a great milestone. I have learned so much from the amazing people and experiences on this journey.
For the graduating class, a new journey is about to begin. We will have the privilege to hear convocation address by a speaker on the day of our ceremony, but until then I am sharing the address by Adrian Tan for the Business School at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His witty and inspiring speech communicates many lessons I have learned as well as lessons I aspire to learn. He tests and encourages the student to become more than the average and defy expectations. Continue reading →
I am in my early twenties. I love and try to embody, as Thought Catalog describes in this article, that our twenties are to “feel and see as much as you can, to take advantage of not being tied down to anything and anyone and to go balls to the wall with everything that you do.” This is a great and positive outlook on this youthful decade, but as a good friend of mine reminded me, it is a “broad-brush” perspective. Continue reading →
As I usually do, I read an article recently that was inspiring. Recommended by a good friend of mine, The Daily Love wrote this article. We have appropriate fear and silly fear. The former being afraid of some creeper in an alley; the latter being silly fear, for example that no one will ever love us, that we will follow our dreams and fail, etc. This silly fear is just that, silly. Continue reading →
How do we turn inspiration into tangible action? Last week, like many others, I opened up Facebook and Twitter to find an explosion of Kony 2012. I saw inspired people promoting their new found interest in taking action to remove Joseph Kony through a viral social media campaign. A few weeks prior I had watched a Ted Talk around this movement and had an idea of what it was about. The presentation of the Ted Talk and this Hollywood-esque video now on my news feed were very different. Continue reading →
I truly believe that when faced with challenge and adversity we find our true strength. Coming back from India I knew I was very close to the end of my undergraduate degree. There was so much uncertainty looming through my mind as to what direction I wanted to pursue afterwards. Questions around employment and higher education surfaced. Continue reading →
It’s been two months since I last posted. The gears have been turning and I have been working hard. When I arrived back from India I knew the end of my undergraduate degree was in sight. So I have been busy trying to get closer to the goals I had set when I arrived back in Vancouver. A new chapter in my Journey is about to begin and with that knowledge I wanted to revamp my blog with a fresh new look. Hope you like it! New posts to come very soon!
I am back in my hometown, Vancouver. The first day or two was a bit difficult since I was missing my life in India quite a bit. I know though that I will be able to be with those amazing people again, not sure exactly when that will be, but I’m sure it won’t be too far from now.
With my chapter in India drawing to a close – I still have to wrap up loose ends with my internship – I am ready to focus on what is coming in the New Year. I have new aspirations, new goals, and an overall new direction. This past year had a lot of twists and turns, all together though it was an amazing year. I met many new and great people who taught me a lot about myself and life, traveled quite a bit, and achieved many milestones.
Keeping the trend consistent for the coming year, I’m going to take as many risks as I can and challenge myself as much as possible. Although I was able to achieve a lot this past year, Continue reading →
Sometimes, like many people, I pour my heart into a dream. I give everything I got; try as hard as I can, only to find out that I didn’t make the cut, that what I gave wasn’t good enough. Rejected. It isn’t a very good feeling and it’s hard to understand why I couldn’t accomplish something I thought I was perfect for.
I went through recruitment for a particular job stream in September, giving it my all and utilizing all resources possible to ensure I would be ahead of the game. During interviews, I was in India, making it quite difficult to relay my passion. I was pretty heartbroken when I found out that the dream I had didn’t work out, but because I was India I had much to distract myself with and I didn’t let it affect me for too long. However, towards the end of my stay in India and while in London for a week following, it started to come across Continue reading →
A few days ago I was checking my email casually and surfing the internet. Within a split second, my computer shut down completely – lights out. I thought perhaps that the battery had run out, but was confused because there was no warning. I then attempted to turn it back on, but there was no light, no life. I thought my computer had died on me. If this situation had occurred in Vancouver, I would not have had been as worried. This situation though happened while in India, at the end of my internship, with all important information from meeting notes to photographs from my travels. I was about to lose it.
I was lost at what to do, as I didn’t know any computer repair shops in the local area. Moreover, electronic stores – or any store for that matter – are unlike what I am accustomed in to in Vancouver. I luckily have 3G on my iPhone so I searched for laptop repair shops and found one North of where I am, in an area called Jogeshwari. I had to wait until the following morning Continue reading →