Chalo!

Donna Tin Sun - India


August 25, 2017

Considering that I’ve been living away from home for the last two years, you’d think I’d be used to the ominous feeling of leaving home and knowing I won’t be back again for a long long time. As it turns out, going through this process is even more heartbreaking each and every time I stand at the departure gate, looking back at the familiar, loving faces I will be leaving behind. As much as I love the little island in the middle of nowhere, that I call home, I cannot help but thirst for new horizons and adventures that will push me closer to being able to define who I want to be and what makes my heart tick.

The last time I embarked on such an epic adventure, I ended up experiencing two life-changing, amazing and intense years that have culminated in the hardest of goodbyes, three months ago. At UWC, I had found a tight, close-knit family where I was able to learn and grow in previously unimaginable ways. But in retrospective, UWC was only the beginning of a journey; an appetizer that’s left me hungry for more. At the end of the two years, I found myself with even more questions than I began with and even less answers.

I would’ve like to begin this new adventure with no expectations because in my experience, expectations are only the roots of heartache and can only set you up for disappointment. But unsurprisingly, I find myself hoping from the bottom of my heart for this coming year to be as rewarding and beautiful as the last two.

I would like to end this first blog post with a quote from Robert Frost, given to me by one of the most inspiring persons I’ve ever met; “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference”. The only thing I can think of to say is Chalo! (let’s go!)

Donna Tin Sun