The Important Day of my life
The Important day of my life The life is a complete journey in which every second is a new experience for us. Some remarkable experiences can change our whole life and we learn from them many different things that we cannot forget ever. Same way, I remember the first most memorable and important day of my life when I went to my first journey, out of my country, away from my family, when I was 12, which then led to a life changing experience for me.
I got a chance to go to Singapore for the study tour in “International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) Winter U” program on December 2008 for almost 2 weeks that was a period that brought significant change in me and I got so much to learn and absorb through different experiences. I had been chosen Mansoor 2 for the course, “Chemistry, Physics and saving the world”, for which I worked there.
Well, the real experience started when I arrived at Singapore and reached my destination, National University of Singapore (NUS), where I interacted with different students who came from different countries, having different lifestyles, cultures, languages etc. During the classes, I experienced the teaching of two great teachers from Warwick University, Mr. Nick Barker and Mr. George Rowlands, who maintained the friendly environment in class. We discussed some issues connected to science and got introduced to different concepts. During the discussion, I found myself less confident to speak out in class and was reluctant to participate in it.
Mr. Nick pointed me out and discussed the matter with me. While I was explaining him about the new environment and from where I’ve come from, he stopped me and said, “No matter if you’ve come from moon, we all are same here, and we’ll work as a team. ” He motivated me to participate and cooperate during the discussion. He asked me to introduce myself to all the classmates and talk to them to create a comfortable environment. Then I Mansoor 3 felt more confident and less reluctant and started giving my thoughts and ideas on the topics and everyone praised me for my performance.
I realized that a person should never stay back and must ask questions openly if he finds something complicated and must participate in different events to gain more experience and confidence. As a team, we learned all the laboratory works and practical experiments such as making, purifying, and analyzing of aspirin, works of the global pharmaceutical industries, and other experiments to study the form of waves that led scientists predict and tackle the natural disasters such as Tsunamis using scientific equations.
We also learned about the mechanical works and how to work as a team to achieve our missions. Such applications of theoretical and practical lessons, and awareness of importance of science to this world led me to develop more interest in sciences and that’s why I then chose science subjects as my majors and engineering as my future career. And because of this interest, I won many awards later and I was one of the high achievers in my school. I am now motivated and I am working hard to fulfill my goals, which I wouldn’t be doing so desperately otherwise.
While on this trip, I realized the importance of my family and all other people who were not there with me at that time. I truly realized how much they mean to me. I missed all their love, concern and care for me. I realized that a person can only know the importance of the things when those things are not close to him. This changed my attitude, personality and behavior towards my family and all other people. I started respecting and caring more for others and I got close to everyone and now I share all my time with them which makes me happy.
I’ll always remember this day, going to Singapore, as the most important day of my life. It not only helped me to learn about my courses, it changed my whole personality, my mentality, and my behavior. I now participate in almost all the events, discussions, and matters confidently. I give my time to my family and friends. And the interest in sciences helped me to perform well in it in the future. I can feel many good changes in me after that and that journey proved to be the best experience of my life.