Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with a brand new blog. I hope everyone is having a great, safe, and healthy week. So, let’s begin.
Today’s blog is a little bit more special. We’ve completed another awesome year of blogging making this our 4th year on wordpress. And I can not express how happy I am to have come this far. A lot has happened in the last one year and even though I have been giving updates through some posts I feel like talking about what’s been going on overall in my life. So, like always, my name is Rahul Mody. I am 19 years old. No longer living in Hyderabad, India but rather now in Angeles City, Philippines. I am currently in the AB Psychology pre-med course at Angeles University Foundation. I aim to become a cardiologist. My hobbies include writing blogs, playing basketball, and playing the guitar. This last one year has brought a lot of change in my life personally and socially and has really had a large impact on my personality. Let’s go over some of the major life events that happened this past year.
I came to the Philippines on October 4th. 2019. From April to that time it was a lot of work to choose where I was going to end up for college. After a lot of research and discussion I just felt that AUF was my calling. For the first time in my life I had to leave the comfort of my house where everything was provided for me and had to move to a country that I’d never been to before or knew barely anything about. Of course, I’m grateful to my father who helped me settle down but that didn’t make the good byes any easier. Leaving behind my friends and family back home to create a new life here was a big step that has impacted me greatly. Of course, we are always in touch but you know, it will never be the same when you go back only a few times in a year.
Upon arriving in the Philippines, I was obviously scared and nervous. I would have to live by my own rules now. Responsible for all my actions and no one to blindly rely on like back at home. However, I was able to make friends very early on who I am able to trust and care for like my own family. They not only made the whole process of being away from home easier but they also created such special bonds that will definitely lead to a life long lasting friendship. Within the first few weeks, I was able to tell that this was different from India. The culture, the people, the rules, education, everything was different. But, I loved it. The people were so friendly and the culture is so enjoyable and chill that I was able to appreciate the place I was living in immediately. I took it upon myself to not be the kind of person who sits in his dorm all day. So, my friends and I would walk around the area every single day allowing us to explore our surroundings. This definitely changed my personality into a more outgoing person than I was back at home. Through this we were able to discover new places, try new foods and drinks, connect better with each other, and a lot more.
Coming to the education, this was the first time in my life that I would be studying psychology. And I owe it to my teachers for making me love a subject so much in so little time. I genuinely enjoy what I am learning and take every assignment and test as a joyful activity rather than an unavoidable task. This has definitely made me realise how much I love to learn and how fun classroom experiences can be if you make learning fun for yourself. A typical college day would consist of regular classes, sleeping in the learning commons, walking around the main campus, and snacking a lot along the way. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I was lucky enough to go back to India for the Christmas break even though the rest of my friends stayed back in the dorms. But I really needed that trip back to get back together with my friends and family. While I obviously missed my family a lot I realised how much I missed my friends as well. These were the people with whom I spent my entire high school life with and I couldn’t just forget them after a few months of being away. This trip back really let me realise the value of these guys because I noticed how strong our bond was as a friend group. A lot of stuff happened personally as well which affected my life quite a bit but it really taught me that regardless of what happens it’s the connections that remain that matter. I cherish each of memory that I have with my friends back at home and try my best to always stay in touch.
Post Christmas break is when my life really began in college. As the second semester began in full swing, we were given a lot of opportunities to participate in university events. This is where I learnt a lot about myself. During this time I was going through a tough phase personally but I was coping up with it by giving it my all to excel in all my activities. I participated in basketball games and for the first time I participated in a pageant which was really eye-opening for me. It was truly an experience I had never had before and is something I will cherish because of how much it affected my college life afterwards. It allowed me to make more friends outside of my dorm and allowed me to experience even more things than I could have imagined. This was really a time of mixed emotions because of everything that was going on at once. Of course, not everything was perfect but it really taught me my life motto of “Everything happens for a reason”. These are genuinely words I live by now and have a very deep connection with me. Anytime I feel down I remember this motto and it keeps me going. No matter what the scenario, as long as you give it your all, everything will fall into place eventually.
Finally, I want to talk about my blog. Before this new year I was not blogging consistently. Once every few weeks and sometiems just once a month. This was not something I was proud of because I felt like I was missing a major part of my life. And yes, even though blogging is just a hobby of mine, it is a major part of my life. That is why my new year resolution was to not be lazy and to always participate and always cherish every opportunity given to me. I got back to consistently blogging since the start of the year and am making the best of my opportunities. I learnt not to take anything for granted and to cherish each experience as there is a lot to learn from everything we do. There were a ton of growths in my blog that I am tremendously proud of. I was finally able to start an instagram page where I started posting short stories and poems. This quarantine can be a tough time for anybody. Just when I had started enjoying my college experience to the max, we were put back into our dorms. But, like I said, everything happens for a reason. I was able to really dig deeper into my writing skills and was able to catch up on a lot of stuff that I was putting off because of being “busy”. I was able to make some awesome new friends and get a good standpoint of where I was personally. This quarantine I am away from home and the learning experience is phenomenal. My family is always there to support me and guide me and my friends back at home have been in touch a lot allowing us to really reconnect. So, there is always a good thing to take from any experience it just depends on how your perception of the situation.
This blog has already gone on long enough. Again, I am so happy that I was able to stick to this blog for 4 years and I am so excited for it to last even longer. Here’s to many more years of blogging. Hoping everyone stays safe and enjoys reading my blogs!
Here are some more blogs which explain my choosing of college and my experiences in the pageant and basketball tournament in more detail: