Today marks the end of my first semester here in Iowa State.
I must say that it took quite a while for me to get here, but in the same time felt like 5 months whizzed before me like a cyclone (pun intended).
Be warned that from here on, this post will be one of those cliche-as-hell-I-just-got-an-epiphany kind of posts. Hey, I'm the new kid on the block here (literally, I will explain), so let me have my have my moment as I contemplate the purpose of my existence in sublime thoughts. Shaiza~
So for starters, let me try and recap what I've been through upon arriving in America conveniently in the form of bullet points:
- I set foot on American soil for the first time in my life accompanied by the wonderful presence of my darling parents (who decided to come along with me and help me get settled).
- I had roommates for the first time. I have to say that this was quite the experience.
- I learned what it's like to live on your own and managing things by yourself (MAJOR adult things if I might add).
- I adapted to the American education system a while ago, but this time, I had to actually participate in an American-centered classroom. Well, let's not be racist here. Students of other races and ethnicities holds a big number of percentage in the ISU population too.
- I participated in a parade (this time without playing any instruments), did some volunteering and also was an active member in some of the heritage clubs (mostly of my own/Malaysian).
- I learned how to play futsal.
- I found out how it feels like to be in a long distance relationship.
- I realized that sometimes I'm too nice and taken advantage of.
- I also realized the importance of my decisions; what to do, who I surround myself with, how will this benefit me, etc.
- I learned how to carry myself better, stick to the values I believe in and not give a damn what others think of me.