AIT: ALL I’LL TREASURE

Melissa Shrestha
Posted September 3, 2018 from Nepal

December 2017, the month that I started to do something for my dream university AIT, Asian Institute of Technology. It took me one month to decide whether if I should join this new paradise of youth thinkers who are striving for sustainable future. Then, August 2018 brought me a package of surprises by bringing me to a place where I always wanted to be. A flightless bird being dropped into a green maze of wonderful serenity. That’s how I felt when I first entered the gate of AIT. A bird that was craving to fly and explore every corner of university as soon as possible, also a bird who wanted to form a home away from home. And I guess it took me just a week, to make this place a second home. Most of the first weekdays was spent on hopping from 7 eleven to Lawson to Library. These three places were like a nest for me, where I felt safe, happy and conscious. In every new place I go, I tend to build a favorite spot for myself. At AIT, these two places are my favorite spots. Do you want to know why I call them my favorite spots? 

Spot 1:   Green canal with green trees, which is located near to SERD School. This spot is one of my favorites because it feels like a safe heaven. The sluggish flow of water, blossom filled trees and calm environment, it gives me the warmth that I used to feel around my family. A space filled with serenity, peace and beautiful fragrance. If you ever miss home or anyone special, drop by this place. You will surely discover inner warmth.   Spot 2:   Lotus land, which is located near to the Library. I call it lotus land because there is only one unique lotus. The unique lotus stands out among the floating leaves. This place is my favorite because this reminds me that I am here at AIT with a purpose. A purpose to stand out and do something that makes me feel worthy of travelling all the way from Nepal. Purpose filled with aspirations, passion and contribution to the society.  

When do we start creating our own favorite spots? We start doing so, when we adjust to a new surrounding and I believe AIT has fully given me that space in the span of two weeks. I came with least expectations to AIT and today this place has exceeded my expectations. It is pretty, safe and homely.  After two years, I am sure I will make this statement, “AIT: All I’ll Treasure”. 

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jlanghus
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

Hi Melissa,

Thanks for sharing your lovely story and picture of your new home away from home. It sounds like you'll do just fine:-)

Have a great day!

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

Dear Melissa,

How wise of you to find places in your new home that both give you a sense of peace and keep you connected to family and home. You have the eye of an artist and the heart of a poet. Best wishes with your studies. And welcome to WorldPulse.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Hannah B
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hi Melissa,
Thank you for sharing about AIT! Your story transported me to your favorite spots, and I could imagine the green trees and the lotus flower.
I hope you will share more with us - what do you hope to do next? Will you return to Nepal?
Warmly,
Hannah

Lisha subba
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

You did it, proud of you for moving forward no matter how hard it was for you to come to this decision ❤️

Beth Lacey
Feb 24
Feb 24

Thank you for sharing

Bettina Amendi
Mar 16
Mar 16

Lovely Melissa you took me back to my first day at the university. Memories are treasures, no one can steal.