I remember brief images and scattered thoughts of
my early years as I attended what was then called Centre School. I was
among the privileged that were given the opportunity to move to Transition
school when it opened. Following several years of dutiful attendance
at Transition it was time to move into the ominous world of the adolescent,
and time to move school. I moved to Last School.
In January 1993, at 16, I entered an educational establishment that related to the rest of the world. A mixed reaction, between me, and this supposed saviour of my soul. Kodaikanal International School was, and still is, a mixing pot of many different people from different aspects of the world we live in. Rich and poor, Christian, Muslim, Tibetan Buddhist, Hindu, expatriate children or locals all co-existing within the walls of the school campus. I was in boarding school because I couldn't get a quality education at home, not to partake in the day-to-day dramatics of a world that seemed alien and unimportant to me. I spent three and a half years in KIS, graduating with an IB diploma and an American high school diploma.
With my mind hell-bent on getting what I considered a decent education, I applied to Universities throughout the United Kingdom. The UK, only because my first language was English and my father lived in Holland, making tuition under European Union legislation something palatable. I was accepted at Farnborough College of Technology, an associate college of the University of Surrey; where I spent the next four years, working part-time and studying full time towards a B Eng (Hons) Degree in Aerospace Engineering. I was awarded my degree in 2000.
Process of self-evolution
Having completed a long journey, through the
darkness of na´vetÚ and in an increasingly complex world of psychological
nightmares, I have discovered that the journey has only just begun.
Auroville's ideology and deep-rooted connection with the philosophy
of Yoga have been fundamental building blocks in the formation of me
as a person, providing me with an almost unique view of life the Universe
and everything, which has allowed me to explore the world.
I work in the computer industry, with varying degrees of expertise in several different fields. With my hopes and dreams set on returning home one day, to help in the construction of the City of Dawn, I tread the path that lies before me. Anything is possible if only the courage can be found to make it possible.
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