“The beginning is always today.”
—Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
When you are in the middle of college applications, it feels like nothing can be as stressful as the tedious process of writing different SOP’s and getting those recommendation letters. But once you click submit is when the actual stress kicks in: The Wait! The wait for the results. You open your email a million times a day to check if you your inbox is welcoming you with “You have been Accepted!”
Oh, the Anxiety!
September 4th 2017: (The anxiety comes to an end!)
And then the day comes! You read those beautiful words, and think to yourself ‘I have done it!’ But what now? Once you get accepted into your dream college, it almost feels like from the time of the acceptance till the time you get on campus you have no purpose in life. Well, you do, its called shopping (lots of it), and meeting as many people as you can before you relocate to another continent.
I took the time off to travel within India, meet everyone and eat all the food I wouldn’t be getting in a month’s time. I was lucky enough to spend time with family and friends and start my new journey on a beautiful note.
Will I make it?
I have mentioned in my earlier posts that I love the airports, and as weird as it is, I find them very calming. So on 17th Jan I was set to leave for Geneva. The one time the airport was supposed to be my best friend it ended being my enemy. There was utter chaos at the Hyderabad airport that night and it seemed like every single person in the city had chosen that day to travel. I have never seen more frustrated passengers and it took me 3 and a half hours to complete everything and make it just in time for the flight.
On the bright side however, I made a great friend at the airport! Pranay was traveling to LA and we both had a 9 hour layover at Abu Dhabi.
I know what you are thinking, 9 hours , gosh! But that was the best part of the whole travel experience, because it was Abu Dhabi, making it very symbolic for me. And also because we spent 6 hours at the lounge 😀
The flight from Abu Dhabi to Geneva was peaceful with an empty seat next to me.
When I landed and got in line for the immigration I heard someone call out my name and my heart skipped a beat. To my relief, it was Pooja, my dear friend from college (who will be featured heavily through the next few posts). Everything became instantly better because I found someone who was soon going to become family. 18th night we were all welcomed by a snowy Bluche! It was dark, slippery and I had luggage to carry (I got by with help from Manos, Shiv and Bharath)
And thats how in one night, we had already formed a mini family. The situation forces you to meet people and do everything to have each other’s back.
The next one week was filled with meeting everyone, inductions, getting used to the new food and above all the annoying yet magical winter!
It’s going to be a month at Bluche, and as overwhelming as its been, its also been equally extraordinary. I must admit, we are trying our best to stop pretending like we are not on a holiday and starting acting like we are here to study. I know the pictures will only tell you otherwise. It is such a blessing to be a part of something like this, and I cannot wait to share more with all of you as this journey progresses.
As far as my tryst with fitness is concerned, the walk from my dorm to campus seems like an exercise routine by itself. But the biggest challenge I am facing is the extreme change in diet (my college can’t seem to stop making excellent desserts)
Sometimes, I share!
However, I am finally figuring a way out and trying to incorporate what I used to do back in India. This is the third time I have moved since I started my fitness journey back in 2016, and every time there is something new I learn, and somehow an improved way to do it. It has taken me a month to figure it out, but today I finally woke up, ate a banana the first thing in the morning and worked out on my brand new yoga mat.
To everyone who has been following my blog, if you have fallen off the fitness wagon because of a new place or a big change in your life, do not let it pull you down, because there is always a way to get back. You just need to keep at it. Do not be hard on yourself, its ok to take the time to figure it all out.
And before I go, here is a sneak peak into what I wake up to everyday….