The last time I wore my school uniform, and had an official day was on April 1, 2014, back in hometown of Chennai, in south India. I went to my school just to fool around and see my teachers two times that month, but come May, things got real, it finally started hitting me that school was done, I’m never going back, I was leaving the city I was born and raised in, I was going to spend a few days with my cousin and her husband in Mumbai, then I was leaving my country. I didn’t know what time held for me, and as much I loved home, I knew it was time to leave.

Brussels is not new to me, my parents have lived here for years, and I spent my summer at their house, but I decided to spend one year here before I go off to wherever for college. The hard part, however, was convincing my parents to let me take this one year off. It became especially hard when my Indian exams didn’t turn out to be quite what we expected, but since I was using this one year to take numerous AP and Honour classes, they let me take the plunge, and boy, it’s been the best decision I’ve ever taken.

My dad, my sister, and myself on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Nice; Photo Courstesy: my dad

I spent my 18th birthday in May on a road trip to southern France, Italy, and Switzerland. I went to Paris for no particular reason two weeks ago (#europeanperks). And as I continue to beg them to take me Madrid to see my favourite football club, Real Madrid, I’m taking the train to London for a week in a few days. My mom has been asking to go to Croatia, and my dad wants to explore the west of France.

Personally, I’ve been working on some political research, I’ve made so many friends around the world. I’m learning two new languages to be fluent before college – Spanish, and French. I’m watching football regularly again, and blogging about it. I see my dad everyday after years of living away from him, which is a big deal to me. Through of all this, I know I’m not the same person I was back at school, so are none of my friends, but this is different with my exposure to so many things now.

To be honest, I spend most of my time in my room on my computer, I don’t go explore Brussels as much as I would like to, seeing that 1) I’m lazy and 2) I’m not used to this cold climate. I watch a lot of TV shows, stress over college admissions, and the never ending list of assignments and tests my course load gives me, yet this is relaxing, and I’m having fun.

The last six to seven months of being out of school has been lots of nothings, with me locked up in my room and all, but it’s also been everything because I’m having fun, and for once, it’s a decision that I myself took.



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