Serendipity means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it (Wikipedia).
It’s funny to think that I never imagined myself being a UCSD graduate. But I write this today, four years later, feeling like the happiest girl in the world for having all that I do. UCSD took in a naive, 18 year old me and gave me so much energy to rocket myself forward. It helped me realize my dreams and values. I questioned so much as I went along, and through that, wove for myself a safety net of independence. I found lifelong mentors and friends whose worth far surpasses any lottery ticket or diamond, and I have been blown away by the privileged education I was given. I’ve been thrown in to countless experiences and opportunities I couldn’t have found elsewhere. I have struggled, I have lost, I have succeeded, I have learned, I have cried, I have smiled, and I have lost count of the hours that have slipped by filling each moment with raw life. And without this honest exposure to every part of the spectrum, I feel like I wouldn’t have gotten the experience I was meant to have all along.
As my undergraduate career comes to a close, as I count down my last midterms, my last lab reports, my last visit to a certain part of campus, and my last lunch with a dear friend, I can’t help but compare all of this to my first days here - my first friends, my first classes, my first walks through campus discovering all the little things about UCSD that made it feel like home. I revel in the beauty of this college experience. UCSD, way to spit me out four years later as someone ready and excited to make a meaningful contribution to this grand old crazy world we live in.
So if you ask me how to describe my college experience in one word, I say to you: “serendipity.” Happy accidents go a long way.
“Make each day a masterpiece.” - courtesy of the wise Shivi Sharma. Why is senior year almost over :(
Life is moving too fast! Sudden toothache, and then 4 days later, I’m sitting in bed after an emergency wisdom tooth extraction. This day of bedrest is turning out to be pretty helpful though - a day off is exactly what I need to catch up on all my pending work. Thank you to everyone who has offered to help me in any way :) I’m blessed to have my friends and family. I haven’t had a chance to update in so long, so here it comes in bullet point and hashtag form