Choosing family

I finished high school at the tender age of 16, and started my first year at University at 17. From personal experience, I would advise parents against sending their children to school too early. I was able to cope academically for all of my formative years, and through high school. Emotionally, I didn’t. And this caught up with me when I started my tertiary education.

I took a gap year after I flunked out of university. I helped mom at home and worked for a while. The following year I enrolled at a different college, and met with great success there. I was one of the top students in my class, and made some friends that are like family now. I felt more comfortable with myself, and more comfortable with the people around me.

I did have a lot of fun too, and picked up some non-academic skills during my time there (from the guys in our class). I learnt how to shoot hoops; I am quite okay at playing pool; but the most fun we had was when we staged mock domino tournaments during our breaks in the cafeteria.

I don’t see many of those friends now, but every time I see a domino, I am reminded of them. They made me feel accepted, protected and loved, and with them, for the first time in my life, I knew what it was like to choose family.

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