With less than a month left till I go to MUWCI, excitement is in the air as well as a flurry of activity. It’s a change from the relaxed atmosphere I’ve surrounded myself with these last two months, as I enjoyed my summer break, not thinking about the future or work or anything remotely stressful.
Now with less than a month left, I’ve started making many lists of things to pack, comparing those with other co-years, and getting advice from second years about what to bring (most conversations were food centric, which shows my priorities). There’s regular stuff like clothes, photos, blankets and bedsheets, to make my future room seem more homely. Then there’s also weird stuff I’d never thought I’d need to bring like a kettle and forks, as advised by my darling fourth year whom I’ve known for nearly 7 years now. As I went through old photos deciding which ones I’m going to take, a wave of nostalgia swept over me as I looked at all the faces of family and friends that I’ve known for years. I felt a similar wave of nostalgia while eating dinner the other night, when my mom had made my favourite type of chicken curry, and it’s started to dawn on me just how much I’m going to miss home. Then again, that feeling may have just been hunger cause the chicken was smelling pretty good.
One of the biggest things in going to miss about home is food. Therefore this summer I’ve tired learning how to cook some of my favourite dishes, so I could try making them at MUWCI. While I can marinate chicken and fish and prawns (with different ingredients mind you) the rest wasn’t going so well. There was one particularly eventful morning where I attempted making pancakes from scratch and I truly understood the phrase “no point crying over spilt milk” after I turned away for a millisecond and all the milk that was boiling overflowed. My mother however, did not see the humour in that phrase. Oops.
Apart from cooking, there’s also been loads of shopping involved. “Gathering” may be a better term though, because we’re trying to avoid buying any new stuff for UWC because
a) as warned by my fourth year, it’ll probably get spoiled
b) we probably have an extra set lying around in our house anyway, or another family member does, so no point in wasting
However there are still things I need to go shopping for in order to accommodate the weather + environment (ie: more flip flops). It’s gotten to the point where I base my purchases on “hmm, will I be able to wear this at MUWCI?”.
In more exciting news, (please excuse that clumsy transition, my brain can’t think of a better one right now ) I got a call from my UWC Alumni mentor this morning. It’s a new initiative the UWC Indian Alumni have started, wherein which they’re pairing up Indian Alumni with soon to be (or current, depending on when you’re reading this) Indian first years. My mentor is Rashi and she called me up this morning, introducing herself, congratulating me and offered advice and support with anything I needed, whether it be classes or trivenis or basically anything. Though it was a short call (I was at my grandmother’s house), it was really nice knowing I had this kind of support system. Included in said support system, are the second years who warmly welcomed me and my co-years on the FB group, and offered to answer any questions we had. They also offered advice, and the most common one was to enjoy our summer holidays and try not to think about MUWCI too much and focus on family and friends at home. Now with less than a month to go, I see the logic behind their advice and have slipped into something I term as “furiously relaxing”, where I’m trying to spend as much as possible spending evenings with friends, going out with family, reading books and watching all my favourite TV shows. So basically, Im spending this last month at home doing things I love.
Right so it’s around 1 am and I’m really tired, so I’ll probably edit this in the morning and end with a suitable conclusion.