Here’s a glimpse into my support system.
Moving to a new country and starting over is a challenge in itself and I have been lucky to have constant support – in the form of work colleagues, my most amazing GP Dr. Janani Mahadeva (this semester, I have made more visits to her clinic than any of my friends’ houses and she’s been super patient while navigating all of my problems), Macquarie University’s wellbeing services, my professors who in spite of deadlines and academic pressure have always found time to pop in an e-mail and check up on me, and finally all the friends I have made in Australia. Every person I’ve met on the journey has contributed in some or the other way towards inspiring me to inch further, but these 5 people stand out.
Firstly, my parents.
Even though Papa is a man of very few words, his timely wisdom helps me sift through every tide of life. One of the best lessons I’ve learnt from him is to be absolutely certain about what one is involved in, and go after it like there is no other option. Every time my faith in making it anywhere in the policy ecosystem shakes, I refer back to what he says, and my hopes are reinvigorated.
Next up, exams or no exams – there is NEVER a dull moment in my life, thanks to the world’s best siblings.
From impromptu dancing sessions with my sister over video chat, to watching my brother mimic some of my favorite YouTubers, every time I need a laugh riot or a break in the middle of studies, these two kids are my go-to people.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be my life without a mention for my best friend, who stood by me like a rock.
Whenever self-doubt creeps in or I feel like the pressure’s too much, she reminds me of how far I’ve come and how much more there is yet to be achieved.
Much more than simply exceling at Uni, these people have helped me understand life in all its hues.
P.S. This post would be incomplete without a massive thank you to the kitchen staff at Mad Mex – your burritos keep me going on days I want to give up and pack my bags and take the flight home..