‘Take one step toward God, he takes a thousand toward you.’
University is a place where a lot of us experience new things and the impact these things have on our perspective is only really evident when we go back home away from all of these new people and places and to be honest, it’s easy to feel a little lost. This summer, I felt like I was lacking a bit of guidance and turned to the one thing that I knew would always be there for me: God. I’ve never been majorly religious, nor have I understood everything Sikhism was about but I thought becoming a Volunteer at Sikh Camp was a good place to start. Being a class assistant, I learnt so much about Sikhism from the various speakers and activities the kids took part in. Not only was I given the opportunity to broaden my perspective, learn more about Sikhism, and make friends with some amazing people, but I feel more in touch with God than I have ever before, and I love it. When you go through hardship it’s easy to look for happiness in all the wrong places only to be feeling let down and empty by the people that you thought would never do wrong by you. Religion holds me in a way that people and objects can only temporarily. Being a Volunteer at Sikh Camp this year was the most enlightening experience: I can’t wait for next year.
Every summer students are plagued with the idea of results not going the way they planned and I feel like if I was to pass on one piece of advice from my experiences it would be: don’t panic, everything will be okay. It’s no secret that I’m a firm believer in the saying ‘Everything happens for a reason’. and I know, I know when things don’t go to plan the last thing you want to hear is something along the lines of ‘It wasn’t meant to be’ but I think whether you believe in the idea of God having a plan for you or the idea of the forces of the Universe working in mysterious ways, it all leads to the same conclusion: whatever happens, happens because it’s best for you. Ending up studying something different or studying in a different place that you hoped happens because that place will teach you something God or the Universe thinks you need to learn and feels this change is the best way for you to do so. When one door closes, another opens, but don’t make the mistake of wasting too much time staring at that closed door that you fail to see what’s right in front of you waiting for your attention.