LEAPing into a New World

When I first came to India, I was aiming to evolve and improve myself for the better. I wanted to develop a change in my perspective on the world and begin appreciating the significant things more after my time here. And although 10 weeks isn’t a short period of time, it isn’t necessarily that long either. The answer to the question of whether or not my mentality and perspective has changed since coming here still remains a mystery. Perhaps, it will be answered in the future, or I didn’t even change that much from my first trip abroad. But what I do know for a fact is that I’ve gone through experiences and adventures that I never would’ve expected to have had before.

I’ll never forget about the first few weeks of my stay here. The temperature was over 100 degrees everyday and walking from one block to the next would make me sweat buckets.

I’ll never forget about the time when I traveled to Jaipur with several other CASI interns, and we were able to travel to the monkey temple, a scene that was filmed in Planet Earth II. Peanuts were available near the location to feed the dozens of monkeys in the area, and the monkeys would slowly come up to you to grab the peanuts from your hands.

I’ll never forget about the journeys in the 12 hour overnight buses without a bathroom. They sound horrible, but they were worth it in the end. One of the trips was to a mountain, where we hiked up and were 9000 feet in the air. I literally stood among the clouds.

I’ll never forget about the beautiful appearance of the Taj Mahal. With its exquisite features and bountiful history, it had really earned its title as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

I’ll never forget about going to see a performance right by the border between India and Pakistan. The crowd of thousands of people cheering and being prideful of their country could be one of the most exhilarating atmospheres that exists in this world.

I’ll never forget about the many people that I’ve encountered here who have expanded my horizons. This includes the people that I met while we were staying at a hostel who were traveling from all around the globe, as well as the awesome co-workers in the office that I was able to bond and become friends with.

And lastly, I’ll never forget about my two great co-interns, Hari and Jodi. From our daily interactions in the office and at home to our late night introspective conversations about the meaning of life. I wouldn’t have expected to get along so well with two people that I hadn’t heard of before this internship to the point where they considered me to be their “son” because I was the youngest one amongst us.

There are some moments which we never forget in our lifetimes. The beautiful places that we see, the amazing people that we become acquainted with. However, these moments usually only last for a brief amount of time. They coincidentally happen to be on the same path that we’re on so that we cross paths. And many times, it’s sad to say goodbye to these things because change isn’t always good. But it isn’t necessarily always bad either. The fact that I was able to have all of these experiences and opportunities to meet all of these people will always be a part of who I am. Without me realizing it, everything that has happened to me here will become a memory that has affected me in some way in creating the person that I will be. One thing I know for sure is that the adventures I’ve had in this new world will become a part of the stories that I’ll share with others in the future.

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About William Trang

Class of 2019. Majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computation and Cognition. Intern at LEAP in Delhi in summer 2017.