2017 has, by far, been one of the most challenging years of my life. It brought upon change, most of which I was unprepared for, and obstacles I wish I had been more equiped to handle. But, with one more day left of this year, I can proudly say: “I conquered 2017”.
The biggest challenge this year was starting university. Having come from an Islamic high school it was difficult for me to adapt to my new surroundings. I’ve always been very socially awkward and making friends has always proved to be a daunting task for me. Hence, I only managed to meet about 20 new people this year. A figure I take much pride in.
One thing I was not prepared for was the workload and pressure of university. I wish I could say that I adapted quickly to the demands of university but that would just be a lie. It took me almost an entire semester (approximately 5 months) to figure out how to handle university life. It was tough. Waking up early every morning and travelling for an hour, back and forth, to university left me exhauseted by June. I ended up counting down the days to my final holiday which was something that surprised me. I’ve always been a fan of school. But, University was not school.
My biggest dream was to become a medical doctor, sometimes it still is. Unfortunately in high school, I was not able to achieve the grades needed to be accepted into medical school. I was heartbroken, I had my whole life planned out and everything just fell apart. I decided to study my second choice this year, in hopes of being able to apply to study medicine next year. However, I was unaware of the requirements needed to switch courses. Having been a fairly good student at high school, I thought I would be able to ace my tests and exams. Boy, was I wrong. I’ve never experienced so much failure in my entire school career as I did this year. I had no idea how to overcome it. I was dissappointed, frustrated and confused. It took me months, and multiple tests, to overcome my failure. But, alhamdulilaah I did it.
Another challenge this year was having to experience new things without my friends. In a way, I think I was glad that I was away from my frineds. Don’t get me wrong, if I could have had them by my side this year I would have been ecstatic. But, I think being away from them taught me how to stand on my own two feet and not hide behind the comfort of my friends.
However, this year has also brought me many good moments. Meeting new friends, discovering new passions, trying new things and also finally learning how to drive. The latter being something I’m still working on perfecting but hey, I drove to my friend’s house (which is a few roads away from me but whatever, it’s still an accomplishment, right?). I haven’t managed to get my driver’s license yet, an issue I manage to tackle in 2018.
So there you go, my 2017 in a nutshell.
I hope 2018 brings us more joy and meets all our expectations. Make the best of these last few hours of 2017 and have a happy new year.