Friday, June 30, 2017
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.