Monday, July 12, 2021

It's been a decade!

It's days like today that I just want to hug my younger self and pat her on her back and say well done, thank you for taking so many photos and recording it all.

Today is the 10th year anniversary of KYUEM. Anyone who knows me knows that I love the college so much, I'd do anything to go back. It was my home of two years but the friendships I took home have gone on for 10 years today and counting insyaAllah. I found some of my most perfect friends, some so close to me I consider them family. 

I knew this year would be our 10 years anniversary from when we first stepped into college so I took my time looking through many, many photos and videos in my hard drive from my days there. I had this chunky Olympus camera with me that I loved so, so much and I brought it everywhere! For every event and everything! I'm so happy I lugged it along because at the time, Blackberry was the in thing so as you can imagine, photos were non-existent and even if there were any, it'd be grainy and chaotic. But to be honest, some of my favourite photos were those taken by the Blackberry because they'd usually be the photos that were very candid and of moments that you can't help but whip out whatever you had with you.

My friends know I love them so I won't go on here also, just thought I'd write to commemorate the day. 10 years and counting, insyaAllah. Truly, truly blessed. I'm always truly blessed, very thankful for my friends, for the college, for the experience and most importantly for my parents who listened and gave me the experience to begin with. Wouldn't be the person I am without the people I met along the way. Wouldn't be the person I am without the schools that I went to, from primary all the way to university. I loved it all. Just thought it was so surreal that it's 10 years since I stepped into college. Crazy!!

Today's also a wonderful reminder to always remember to take more photos. It sucks that we've practically be indoors for the most of the past year and a half but insyaAllah once it settles, we'll be right back at it. 

Dear KYUEM, you were my first and perhaps only choice of college. I heard about you when I was 15 and ever since then, that's all I wanted. For whatever reason, I just had to go. Something about it just compelled me to work hard for it. So I did and man, the two years that followed were the best two years of my life. I met some of the best people, I had some of the best experiences, I loved life, I was SO happy and I never wanted it to end. If anyone asked me what I'd want to relive, it's KY no doubt. To think it has been 10 years since our first day in college is wild and I don't know where the time has gone but I sure spent it well with some of my favourite friends I've made ever. All thanks to you! I'm forever thankful and I hope to repay my gratitude in some shape, way or form soon. It was my true happy place and the friends I've made a home with the friends I've met from college. In the Friends reunion, Matthew Perry said whenever he'd meet the other 5 after the show ended, he said he'd drop everything he was doing at the time regardless of where he was and just called it a night because he had met someone so special in his life that all he wanted to do is talk and be with them. That's how I feel with my friends here. 

My safe place. My home.

Love you, friends. Thank you for the best 10 years we've had and here's to even better ones ahead.


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