Vignesh Reddy Kandi



Ken Crest International School: A Place That Holds My Heart

It was in sixth grade when I first heard about KCIS from a friend. I had heard many good things about the school, but I never thought I would go there. Many factors stopped me, such as the 38-kilometer distance from my home and the early morning start time . Time flew by so quickly, and before I knew it, two years had passed. The bus would come to my home promptly at 7:30 am, and I would join my bus mates , engaging in fun activities and games while en route to school. We were not allowed to use phones, but that didn’t matter because we had so much fun without them. Most of us would sleep during the journey as we had to wake up early to make it to school on time. Upon our arrival at the school, we would gather in the indoor stadium for morning prayer, where a class would present on a particular topic or organize something enjoyable. Classes began at 9:00 am, and my favorite teacher, Bob Pears, was my class teacher and social studies instructor. He made learning social studies and current affairs fascinating and engaging. During lunchtime, we had an hour to eat and relax. Although we had a lunch area in school, my friends and I preferred to eat in class, leaving us with approximately 40 minutes to play. We played games such as pen-fight, dumb charades, and outdoor games such as hit and run, run chase, and hide and seek. We were free birds, enjoying ourselves without any restrictions. Afternoon sessions were filled with fun activities such as dance classes, computer classes, movie afternoons, arts and crafts, science labs, and design labs. These labs were enjoyable to participate in because they did not require traditional study methods. From 3-4:00 pm, we were free to engage in sports like lawn tennis and football. At 4:00 pm, we boarded our bus, and the hour-long journey back home was just as enjoyable.In the computer lab, we did a lot of fun things, including playing GTA Vice City illegally. The school organized events based on the day, such as Apj Abdul Khalm’s birthday, where we participated in fun contests. In preparation for these events, we were given a day off beforehand. I was so connected to the school that I never thought I would ever leave KCIS. My friend circle made my KCIS experience more enjoyable. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it in the same way without them. Exam season was fun, unlike any other school in India. I had two years of unforgettable memories, and I miss the school and the lovely people there. I’m fortunate to still be in touch with them. Unfortunately, KCIS is no more due to the sudden demise of the school chairman and conflicts between partners. The school closed and was sold after my eighth grade, and this led me to have a horrible experience during my ninth and tenth grade education.

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From High School to Hamk: A New Chapter in My Life

Making a major life decision is never easy, especially when it involves interrupting your studies and moving to a new country. That’s exactly what I did when we decided to come to Finland during the middle of my studies. At the time, I wasn’t happy with what I was studying and I felt like I needed a change. Looking back, I can confidently say that it was the right decision for me. When I arrived in Finland, I found myself without any clear direction. The COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing, and everything felt uncertain. After six months of being home and not studying, I decided to take an immigration training course to learn Finnish. Although it didn’t go as well as I had hoped, I was happy to receive some financial support for my efforts. Six more months went by, and I realized that I was ready to take the next step in my education. Unfortunately, I missed the application deadline for many of the universities and universities of applied sciences in the metropolitan area. However, after some searching, I found a program that was still accepting applications. I researched the learning outcomes and decided that it was a good fit for me. Applying to the program was nail-biting. I had been out of school for a year and was worried about how I would do on the admission test and interview. To my relief, I passed both and received an offer to study at the Häme University of Applied Sciences. I was thrilled to accept it, and my family was extremely happy. Now, with three months to go before the start of my studies, I am excited and a little nervous. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pursue a degree that I’m passionate about and eager to see what the future holds. Although the journey to get here wasn’t easy, I know that it was worth it.

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