Journey of Seven Years

Sabita Rai 

You never know what the life has in store for you and where it will take you. But one thing you can be certain of is that life is a journey that everyone has to walk through and ultimately finish up your race. Around seven years has passed and right now while I am penning down the statement of my journey I am more than curious to share my experience of these many years in TNA. First of all I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim who started the Chief Minister’s Merit Scholarship Scheme which has been a platform for multifarious students like us to venture out and explore into the new realms of life. It has turned our dreams and fanciful imaginations into a reality.           

 I joined TNA in 2012 in class six and one thing that I do remember till now is the first day in school. The moment I entered into the class I was asked to leave the class and I was clueless about the reason for it. Later on I learnt that it was so because there was some assignment that they were asked to do and the ones who didn’t do was made to stand outside the class. So this is how my journey in TNA began. Initially it was not easy for me to cope up with the new environment where everything was in contrast to what existed in my previous school. However, the first day in hostel was fun and exciting mainly because everything was new to me. But as the days, weeks, months passed I used to get homesick every now and than and it was extremely difficult for me to adjust to the new environment. Coincidentally I had a friend who was then like my crying partner.  I remember how we used to hide behind the curtains and cry and my friends used to call me runchi. But when I think about those instances it seems silly and kiddis.    

As the phrase says “Time is the best healer” so with the passage of time everything had fallen in its place and the environment which was alien to me now seemed familiar and normal. Slowly I had adjusted with the new ways of lifestyle be it getting up early in the morning, studying like crazy till late nights during exam time which of course was the only time we were serious about studies.The teachers were the best of all and it is all because of their guidance and help that I have become a better person now. In the matter of friends I think that I  am blessed to have  friends  who has always  been  my pillar of strength and confidence and a special mention to the hostel matron who was always there for me from the beginning when I joined  and till date when I am about to leave. It was indeed all of them  who made my journey in TNA a beautiful and memorable one.       

 With this opportunity and the final days of my school life I would say that I learnt how to dream high, go deep into the party’s fathom and do anything which seems impossible because nothing stops you from achieving your goal. Go as far as you can  and see what is the limit for yourself whether it is sky or space. Studying here has been a great opportunity to learn and discover new things. It has  given more  precious and valuable knowledge, discipline and punctuality. It was altogether a culmination of joy,happiness,sorrow,love,affection and so on. My seven years of experience has been fun, thrilling, exciting and explorative. I have gathered uncountable memories of happy days about yesterday’s which I am going to cherish and treasure evermore.                 

TNA has paved a way for me towards a better career and future and has moulded me into a person that what I am now today.So now when I lay my pen down and seal this essay, I want to say that I am proud to have been one of the fortunate individual who got an opportunity to study here which has been the life long pleasure. now I am  in a position to say that school life indeed is the golden life and the best of all. 

Sabita Rai after being selected for Honourable Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship Scheme joined Tashi Namgyal Academy, Gangtok. She is currently studying in Class XII. 

(Editor’s Note: In this series we are trying to bring out write ups contributed by the meritorious recipients of Chief Minister’s Merit Scholarship Scheme. This is a scheme envisioned by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to sponsor meritorious students completing their primary level education from Government Schools to pursue their further studies from reputed boarding schools, both within and outside the state.)

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