Back in 2006, I was transplanted from Calcutta, India, to a hitherto unknown city, named Singapore. The myriad of colours, languages, sounds and smells that initially greeted me were overwhelming. The excitement I felt was beyond comprehension.
At least, that’s what I imagine my first days here to be like. I was eight, and it is difficult to remember my first days here.
Still, I’ve grown to enjoy my time here in sunny old Singapore, and even today, the myriad of colours, languages, sounds and smells that greet me are, while not quite overwhelming, refreshing. It’s amazing how many different cultures live, not only side by side, but together, in Singapore. If anything, it’s exposed me to different people, cultures, ideas, and traditions. It really shows you, how little of our world we really know about. And hey, who enjoys ignorance? I’ve always wanted to discover, and where better to start, than with the people I share this world with?
But not once did I imagine that I’d be going to a school where cultures, traditions, idea’s, and perspectives are blended together to create students who are not only exposed to different people, but are aware of the sheer beauty of that difference. Not once did I imagine that I’d be going to a school where I could kayak, experiment, learn a new language, and explore global issues, all in one day.
And not once, did I imagine, that I could introduce myself as Navoneel Chakraborty, Year 42, Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific.