Friday, June 30, 2017

Freshman Orientation

As I walked by the tower on UT's campus, I noticed a plaque listing their core values. Since I had some time, I decided to stop and actually read what was engraved upon it. Their values were listed as followed: Learning, Discovery, Freedom, Leadership, Individual Opportunity, and Responsibility. These values sounded familiar to me but I couldn't quite figure out why. But after a couple of minutes, the light bulb finally went off in my head. "Oh wait a second, it's because they ARE familiar." Because not only are these UT's values but these are Sikh values as well. As Sikhs, we are disciples/learners who are supposed to discover Truth (or Sat). We believe in religious freedom (as well as freedom in general) and are supposed to be leaders, setting a good example for others. Everyone should have equal opportunity to achieve their dreams and Sikhs are responsible for assisting those outside of our community as well as in our community. As I walked away from the plaque, I came to a realization. "This is definitely where you're meant to be. I don't know what will happen over these next four years, but whatever does happen, this is the campus I am meant to be on." Orientation consisted of a lot of memorable moments (making new friends, registering for classes, partying (not that kind of partying), and walking around campus), but this is a moment I'll never forget. I can't wait to be an official Longhorn this upcoming fall and for the next 4 years. Hook 'Em!

Update (7/21/2018): Man, remembering how awesome freshman orientation was makes me want to cry. Even though being at UT isn't the easiest, this is still where I am meant to be.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Class of 2017!

Class of 2017, by God's Grace, WE DID IT! We graduated high school! I officially graduated May 31st. It feels so good to be done with high school, but we must remember that we have a bigger mountain to climb ahead of us (college). I am personally nervous and excited for college, but I know it will all work out for good in the end. The only thing that I'm disappointed about is that I really don't have a "summer vacation" this year. I'm taking a few of my classes to get them out of the way. But it will pay off in the end. :) My goals for freshman year are to (1) pass all my classes (of course), (2) connect with the local Sangat, (3) join a few organizations (probably 3 max) that I'll personally invest myself in, and (4) become an independent adult (as compared to an independent teen). I know my goals will eventual change but that's what I can think of now.

Update (7/21/2018): And I accomplished all of these goals. Yay me!