Since this is my first post, I want to tell you all a little about me. After all, why read something written by a complete stranger right? My name is Shreya and I am 19 years old. I am currently a freshman in college and I am originally from India. College has been a great experience for me so far and it couldn’t get better, but it is my past that has shaped me to become the person I am today.
As I look back on the 18 years of my life, I realize how fortunate I have been growing up in such a cosmopolitan city and experiencing the different traditions that it offers. I have had the privilege of experiencing the various festivals ranging from the famous Durga Puja to Diwali. Kolkata has nurtured me to be a child of both, the East and the West. The city used to be the capital of British India and has western influences embedded in its fabric together with the eastern philosophies and mysticism. The incessant energy of this unique metropolis and the rainbow of colors it offers have been instrumental in influencing my life experiences. I love the comforting spicy aroma of the street foods that waft through the air, the constant din of the centuries old tramcars, the rhythmic Bollywood songs, the thundering cheers of the cricket and football matches, the sweet sounding lilt of the Bengali language.
In spite of growing up in an overcrowded vibrant city, I consider myself a quiet girl who has lived a very sheltered life. At this juncture in my life I want to live independently and I believe studying in America can make that happen. That is why I moved from India to the United States of America for college. That was a big transition in my life. And I have leaned to adapt to it perfectly.
However, everyone has fears. And right now, I have the fear of not doing well enough. This is why I have started his blog. I want to be able to express myself. I want to be able to share my thoughts with the world. I want to relate to all the 18 and 19 year olds out there who are just as scared but determined, like me, to make a name for themselves. So, I hope you become a part of this journey with me, and I hope you have a hell of a ride.
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