2012 was the year I hit my new stride.
Now let me explain what I mean. If I look back at 2011, that was the year I was constantly swept along in a whirlwind of change. I graduated from high school, was forced to say goodbye to my friends, and found myself 3,000 miles away from home. I had a remarkable time, but it’s clear that my comfort zones were pushed, and I had to adapt to change whether I was ready or not.
In 2012, I grew, I learned, and I experienced (as everybody does in every year). But 2012 was different because 2012 was the year when I truly became comfortable with the changes of 2011- I hit my new stride. Instead of sitting back, adapting, and adjusting, I took the driver’s seat and took ownership of my experiences.
For one, I made Princeton my home. I gained control of my academic experience, and fully embraced professors, precepts, and papers as a way of life. I began to understand my interests both inside and outside of the classroom, and took full advantage of the resources at my disposal and opportunities at my feet. My life in New Jersey went from novel to normal, and I can now confidently call Princeton my home.
In 2012, I also worked as an intern for the first time, lived on my own for the first time, and explored the east coast for the first time. Living and working by myself in a new city made me realize that sitting back and being a spectator to my own life would be the easiest way to lose valuable opportunities. As a result, I tried my best to take ownership of my experiences. Along the way, I realized that the world is bigger and greater than I had ever imagined, and it’s up to me to discover as much as I can.
2012 was also packed with memories. I traveled 50,000 miles around the world, grew addicted to caffeine, and embraced east coast prep. I became a student leader, met inspirational professors, and (hopefully) became more cultured. As I began reflecting on the aspects of my life that truly matter, good friends became best friends, lolling turned into an important pastime, and I fell in love.
On the heels of constant change, settling into a comfortable rhythm was no simple task. But with immense luck, stubborn optimism, and relentless curiosity, I hit my new stride. 2012 was a phenomenal year, and I’m excited to see the surprises that 2013 has in store :)