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Bharti Patel

I am extremely honored and thrilled to share about life’s journey after leaving Anthony’s in 2009. My experience at Anthony’s was filled with diverse growth, varied emotions, and nostalgic memories, all of which has made me the person I am today.

When I entered Anthony’s in 6th grade, I distinctly remember feeling resentful towards my parents for sending me away from home. It was difficult to interact with students from different backgrounds and languages. Classes were challenging and rules were overly strict. Over time though, I grew to love and appreciate the experience. I made some lifelong friends, many of whom I am still in contact with today. I learned from some of the best teachers in one the best schools in the region. I loved the activities and festivities that the school held such as inter-house competitions, annual fete, children’s day celebration, etc. As I started enjoying life at school, I had to suddenly leave in the middle of 9th grade to move the United States with my family. I felt extremely sad to leave behind everything I loved and was comfortable with. In retrospect, I have learned that I cannot control all aspects of my life, but I am thankful and appreciative of the time I had at Anthony’s.

Moving to the United States was not easy; I faced many of the same difficulties I faced going to Anthony’s: losing friends, assimilating into a new culture, making new friends, and learning in a new education system. However, this time I felt ready to overcome the big change. My time at Anthony’s really prepared me to face and overcome any challenges thrown upon me. For instance, I was able to converse fluently in English which made it easy to interact with everyone here. My exposure to rigorous ICSE curriculum enabled me to impress my professors and be bumped up to higher-level courses. Additionally, having lived with people from different parts of India, made me appreciate diversity and learn about different cultures. Most importantly, I was disciplined and self-motivated which allowed me to keep working hard and get closer to my dreams.

I am currently a medical student striving to become a medical doctor at Virginia Commonwealth University. I graduated from the same University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. I have made some amazing friends and explored new interests and places in the world. One day, I aspire to work with Doctors Without Borders to provide medical service in countries with utmost need.

When I look back and think about my time spent in St. Anthony’s, I am only reminded of the fun experience and the fond memories that I made during the best phase of my life. I am aware that being away from parents at an early age, abiding by strict rules, having limited options with food, following a strict schedule, being punished for mistakes, etc isn’t that easy and it is almost impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As an alumnus, all I have to say is trust the process, make lifelong friends, explore the world together, and be the best version of yourself. Enjoy life to the fullest while growing and improving yourself there; life may take you in different directions, but take each challenge on with a smile and build and hold on to your relationships.

Best Wishes
Bharti Patel
(Supposedly Class of ICSE-2010)

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