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Trushaa Castelino

Class of 2015

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I come from the city of Mumbai (Bombay) on the West coast of India. Mumbai has too much of one single thing: people. And honestly, it’s what I love most about it. I lived there for 16 years, after which I was accepted into the UWC program and moved merely 4 hours away, putting me neither here nor there when it came to leaving ”˜home.’ Still, I didn’t mind being in limbo. At the Mahindra United World College of India, I stumbled into a community of two hundred diverse (and somewhat odd) individuals who were, for lack of a better word, stuck on a hill together. Meeting so many brilliant and warm people from across the world was overwhelming, and a little bit intimidating at first, but it soon manifested into one the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.

The thing that I probably liked best about my time at a UWC was that people talked - about issues or non-issues. Not everyone cared about the same thing, not everyone agreed, and several argued with each other constantly, but they were all passionate. I’m glad I took hold of the opportunity to access so many different perspectives. I still remember the first ever student meeting I attended. The determination and ease with which opinions were raised was all very new to me. It was always a learning experience when someone had read the same book as me and could show me what has been lost in translation, or when I could listen to how my friends perceived Indian culture, or when I could access their cultures through them. The past two years have definitely altered the way I approach situations and have simultaneously made me cherish my freedom. But between battling cultural stereotypes and toilet-bowl-inhabiting frogs, I pretty much had a great time, made the greatest friends and learned that I would never be able to communicate efficiently if I took myself too seriously.

Talking over-emotionally about my UWC experience aside, what makes me the happiest is probably dancing. I don’t really think there’s a wrong way of doing it, and that’s always pleasant. Other than that, my favorite things continue to be reading, traveling, working with children and trying out different cuisines (which is a nice way of saying I just like to eat). I chose Lewis & Clark because it seemed like a very close-knit community and I was very excited by its global perspective. I plan on majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. I’m looking forward to trying new things at Lewis & Clark and hopefully finding a balance between that and developing the skills I already have. And getting to know different people, of course. That always keeps me going.

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