The beginning of all beginnings

Dipping my toes into blog writing.

Where to start? That is a question I often find myself asking, whether it be packing for a trip, studying for a test or simply writing this blog. There’s a whole lot of second guessing and complaining and dilly dallying involved.

But the fact is: one cannot get anywhere, if one does not start.

So, hi. I’m Saloni, and this is my first attempt at writing a blog. Before I explain why I’m writing this blog, I want to back track a bit… three whole years to be exact.

Three years ago, at the ripe age of 13, I was faced with the task of deciding where I wanted to go for high school. Now, to most people, that may not seem like a big deal. I mean, to anyone other 13 year old, the answer would be easy — go to the high school you’re closest to/the one all your friends are going to. Me, on the other hand, with some subtle pushes from my parents and some ambitious cousins, decided to apply to two regional programs. And I got accepted into the two programs, IBT and IB.

*Some background information is required here: IBT, stands for International Business & Technology prepares students who are looking for a field in business or tech after high school, and IB, or International Baccalaureate, is a rigorous international program, as the name suggests that prepares students for university through a well rounded education.*

“Now what?” thought 13 year old me. I didn’t want to leave all my close friends behind and face the dreaded journey to making new friends, as I had a few years prior due to moving schools. It’s an ugly process, trying to fit in and getting adjusted to all the inside jokes that people have years to come up with. At the same time, like most people, I didn’t want to disappoint my parents, they were so happy for me.

After a lot of debating and a lot of “we’ll support you no matter what you choose” from my parents, I made my way down to the school guidance counselor. It felt weird, sitting on the plastic chairs while she pulled up my student record on the computer. And then, the most interesting thing happened. Well, not the most interesting thing, but as interesting as it can get for a 13 year old girl. Instead of asking me about my hobbies or how I’m doing in school, the guidance counselor started talking about her daughter, who was in high school at that time. Through her story, I realized that I was focusing on what I wanted to do in the present and that I needed to think about things in a broader perspective and what I wanted to do 10,15, 20 years down the road.

Me being the ingenious 13 year old I was, declared that I wanted to go to Australia for university and decided to accept the IB program. I don’t remember where my fascination came for Australia or why that even mattered, but I do remember it was the reason I said yes.

Flash forward three and half years, I’m currently in the IB Diploma Program, and have no clue what I want to do when I graduate, let alone go to Australia. This is where this blog comes in. Starting from the point I said yes to this program, I have had a multitude of experiences, ups and downs and it’s definitely been a crazy journey. I plan to use this blog to document all the amazing memories and lessons I have learnt throughout this journey, and the great things that are yet to come in my high school journey .

This is where my blog starts and who knows where it will go.

I hope you stick with me throughout this blog writing/learning process & happy reading.

-saloni

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