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“Overcome all the obstacles I faced yesterday, somehow fate has brought me some more, to face today.”

Becoming a student brought a lot of things to my life. Dreams, ambition, friends…the struggle was unreal. Ever since I was a child I always knew I enjoyed learning. It was something I appreciated, and knew the value of, especially since I knew that there were others, who weren’t as fortunate as me. So I wanted to make sure that I grasped this opportunity with everything I had. But there were times when this very belief was questioned, because of everything else that was happening in my life. When I received the email saying that I might be able to write for this magazine, I wanted to make sure that it was something worthwhile. Something that people would want to read. Something that they could relate to. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I didn’t want that to stop me from doing it now. Only I know how much it would mean to me, if my first article was a success. I’ve seen what others write; the way that they are able to convey their thoughts through words on a paper, it truly is something remarkable. I just hope that I am able to do the same, with my thoughts.

So now the question is, what can I write?

Do I follow what everyone else does, or shall I try something different and take a risk?

After a lot of thought I decided that I want to dedicate my articles to my experiences at college. Every day, a new story will be told. A new lesson learnt. I want to make my articles a part of my life, something that I keep on top off every day. When I come home from college, I want to sit on my computer and share it with all of you. What I’ve learnt, what I did, everything!

As a teenage girl, who only has one year left to university, I know exactly how much pressure is on us but at the same time I also have all the other stress that any other girl has. Looks, boys, it’s all a part of life, but it’s something that I want you guys to experience with me. I now only have 6 days or so, till college re opens and already I can sense how much this year will bring for me but before any new story starts, I just want to quickly sum up myself so far. Like a quick introduction to me, I guess.

Hi, I’m Maariya but no one can ever really pronounce my name correctly. It’s an issue that I’ve learnt to live with I guess, but that’s fine. What’s in a name? I’m 17, and let’s just begin by saying that I’m probably the loudest girl that you will ever meet. I’m not really sure where all my confidence came from. I remember being so quiet in primary school. I was that shy girl who sat at the back of the class, but who everyone considered to be insanely clever because she got everything right. But then on my last day during the leaver’s assembly I finally decided to speak and since then, I’ve never been quiet. I guess it was only during that final assembly that I realised that I might not see these people again so I decided to let them finally hear my beautiful voice (jokes, I sound like a total kid he he). High school was horrible for me, so were going to skip all that. Long story. College was something that I always wanted to go to. The sense of freedom that came with being a student, was just everything that I always wanted; especially since I come from an Asian background where education literally outlines your character. A lot happened in my first year. I had problems going on at home and when college found out, they assigned me to one of their counsellors who would want to talk with me literally EVERY DAY. I do appreciate the concern and help obviously, but sometimes she’d just annoy me. It was like she’d listen to me and that, and agree, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted her to do. I made some good new friends though. I guess the change in my character from primary, allowed me to be more open and willing to talk to new people. There was also a boy I liked in A2 (the year above me) and it wasn’t until the end of the year when we finally started talking, and we haven’t stopped since.

There is loads more that I could say, but I don’t want to ramble on, unless you guys are interested in hearing what happened next. But regardless of what happens, I’m glad I got the chance to share all this with you.