From New Delhi to New York

Living in New Delhi, India, offered me a lifestyle that many would envy. The vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and close-knit community made it feel like home. But despite the comforts of my life in New Delhi, I knew that there was something more waiting for me beyond its borders.

The decision to leave everything behind and move to New York City was not an easy one. With just three suitcases in hand, I embarked on a journey that would change my life forever. While the prospect of attending Parsons School of Design was exciting, the reality of leaving my family, friends, and pets behind was daunting.

Arriving in JFK Airport, I was hit with a wave of emotions. The hustle and bustle of the city, the towering skyscrapers, and the diverse crowds were overwhelming yet exhilarating. It was a stark contrast to the familiarity of New Delhi, but I knew that I was exactly where I needed to be.

As I settled into life at Parsons, I found myself grappling with challenges I had never encountered before. Making friends, navigating a new city, and exploring my identity became my daily struggles. It was during this time that I realized the importance of resilience and adaptability.

I often find myself contemplating the concept of neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s remarkable ability to restructure itself by forming new neural pathways over time. I can’t help but feel a sense of detachment from my own brain. It seems to adapt and evolve at a pace that sometimes outstrips my ability to adjust to my changing lifestyle. 

As I navigated the complexities of life in New York City, I got to experience different cultures, and perspectives. For instance, mastering the intricacies of the New York subway system became a pivotal moment in my adjustment to city life. Each interaction, each moment of discomfort, was shaping me into a more open-minded individual.

Despite the initial hurdles, I began to embrace the transformation that was taking place within me. I learned to appreciate the cultural differences, to cherish the friendships I made, and to embrace the uncertainty of the journey ahead.

This journey from New Delhi to New York City was not just about geographical relocation; it was a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. It taught me the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone, of embracing change, and of remaining true to myself in the face of adversity.

As I reflect on my time in New York City, I realize that this chapter of my life will forever shape who I am and who I aspire to be. 

In the end, this journey across continents is not just about the places I visit or the experiences I have—it is about the person I become along the way. And for that, I am forever grateful.

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By Kimaaya Khanduja

Kimaaya grew up in New Delhi, India and is currently studying at Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York, pursuing a degree in Product Design.

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