What a way to start my four years as a Jumbo as a 2017 Early Decision admit. I used to be the one reading these blogs and now I have one of my own. How exciting is that? It is crazy for me to be sitting in Malaysia (9,200 miles away from Medford to be precise) and yet feel very much a part of the Tufts community already. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you as I transition from my expatriate life in Asia to Medford Massachusetts in September.
I’ve been a part of the Class of 2017 ever since December 14th, 2012. Now I know that seems very precise but after anxiously waiting for two months, that date is plastered into my memory. I was so elated to be accepted Early Decision that I tripped down the stairs before I got to deliver the news to my family. I was sobbing so profusely (tears of both joy and pain) that my brother thought he needed to call an ambulance. Thankfully, my flustered emotions were soon soothed and I was able to celebrate properly, bruises and tears instantly swept aside. In the first few seconds of being a Jumbo I had already made a quite humorous memory. I know that I will only add memorable anecdotes like these to the list once I get on campus, but I’m hoping they won’t be dramatic as this one. Believe me, it was quite embarrassing.
Besides being somewhat of a klutz, I’m just a regular senior in high school eagerly waiting for the month of September to roll around. And believe me, senioritis is a thriving disease. As I’ve mentioned I’m currently living in Malaysia. Now I know what you’re thinking and it probably has something to do with “where in the world is that?” After spending 13 wonderful years in Greenwich Connecticut, I had similar questions. Transitioning to the international school here was initially a challenge but after spending five years in this multicultural environment I consider it my home. Not only has it enabled me to travel across the continent but it has also opened my eyes to a vast range of cultures that will remain with me throughout my life. Plus who can complain when my group of friends resembles a conference of the UN General Assembly? They are Singaporean, British, Korean, Chinese and Iranian to name a few.
For all of you who are anxiously waiting for the regular decision admittances to come out I wish you the best of luck. If you get accepted, then I highly suggest (more like implore) you join the Jumbo Class of 2017. I’m excited to meet my new peers and classmates in the months to come. Seriously, move in day can’t come any sooner.