I suppose what I feared most about beginning a new chapter at SCMC was that it was an unscripted start and an unpredictable present
Though this semester was a tough one for me, I have not only learned a lot about myself but also the program, the fancy of exploring new things and the momentum of keeping away from anything that inhibits me from being me. In the end a professor’s advice might become one of the most reliable resources, thus, never miss college – something that I learnt early. When looking back over the last couple of months, I took a look in the mirror and thought, ‘Is this who I really am?’ I tried to answer this question honestly but I struggled. How is it possible not to know who you really are? I thought harder, ‘Am I happy and is this who I’ve wanted myself to be?’ I have learnt that it does not matter what other people think about me. Why do I care if someone thinks I am ugly or attractive? No one should. I’ve also begun to understand that when it comes to meeting new people and opening up, I have no reason not to be confident in myself.
I came to the University with my head screwed on tight, however as the semester came to a close, I began to question things. My goal was to maintain good grades, but that was a struggle. When I began my first semester here as a freshman, I felt very uncertain about the many weeks that would await me away from the comfort of home, where I felt extremely safe and warm. I suppose what I feared most about beginning a new chapter at SCMC was that it was an unscripted start and an unpredictable present. Yet, as I began to go to my classes every day I began to feel a sense of comfort. I realized I was not alone in my journey of living day by day. This not only gave me a sense of belonging but it also showed me that I have been given the privilege of living one day at a time and walking alongside friends who are doing the exact same thing. All the classes had been great fun besides learning new and exciting things. Be it the practical classes of computer, photography or dark room, everyday there were new things to fascinate me. The Media Content Review sessions and the extra screenings are the best things that happen in SCMC. Altogether, this Institute has taught me a lot and has given me a new and different way of seeing the world. Every day, here at SCMC, is a new one with lots of intriguing and happening things around us.
During my first few months on campus, such sweet memories have been formed. I look forward to the memories yet to be made during the next semester and the years that are yet to come. My comfort zone is surely to be stretched as I walk each day, and I have no doubt that I will experience fear, uncertainty and even doubt. However, the beauty of faith is that we can give these feelings of distress to God – who knows exactly the plan He has for us.
Article by: Kangan Kher (Batch 2019)
Photograph by: Nayanika Mukherjee (Batch 2019)