Grateful for 2021
by Zea Leon
When reflecting on the year 2021, I feel a sense of accomplishment and gratitude. I am grateful for the space I find myself in today and realize that I am exactly where I want to be at this stage in life. Sometimes I find myself dreaming too small, selling myself short, and subconsciously limiting myself. I have always been a persistent person, and when things do not go the way I expect them to, it discourages any other big pursuits. I tend to forget to celebrate small victories and allow it to be overshadowed by the things I have fallen short on.
Transitioning to a different university has not gone as seamlessly as expected. The difference in teaching style has helped me gain a more independent form of learning and encouraged self-assurance. It has allowed me the freedom and responsibility of working at my own pace, but also makes the breakthroughs so much more rewarding. Since 95% of classes were still being taught online, adjusting to a 2/3-hour online lecture was quite challenging and it was also much harder to form relationships as a “first year” UCT student, but I have been fortunate enough to build amazing friendships none-the-less.
Unfortunately, this year has not been the easiest one, sometimes mentally and physically draining, and I would re-do another 2021 in a heartbeat, but I have learnt to focus more on the small victories and not limit myself. I have learnt the importance of adaptability and finding comfort in solitude.