International Student Samrachana writes to her 17 year old self, at home in Nepal contemplating her academic future.
26th March 2015
Dear seventeen year old rebellious Sam,
I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking about rebelling against your dad, right? You’re probably shut up in your room, blasting k-pop music and frantically typing an update for your blog. Soon your dad will barge into your room and lecture you about your education after college. You’ll stay quiet, because in your head you’ve sorted out everything already, right?
I hate to say it, but things don’t go as planned. You’re caught in a dilemma; your parents believe you should pick one career path, but you want to follow a different one. Listen to me, trust your parents’ words! Your mind is clouded with doubts, but for once, don’t be a rebel. You’ll think that you will regret following their decision, but trust me – you won’t! In fact, you’ll discover a new Sam.
In two years time you will find yourself away from home, content and satisfied, which is an achievement in itself. Of course there will be times when you will face rejection and meet dead ends. Sometimes you will wish your mum would appear in the kitchen and cook something amazing – but hey, you’re a tough girl Sam! You are a fighter; you will do great at university.
One more thing, you don’t have to worry about being lonely, you’ll meat loads of cool people at uni! You will grow as a person and change each and every day. You will have to step out of your comfort zone and explore new possibilities, but this is a good thing! Finally, I promise you will be living a happy life.
Much love, Sam – from 2015