During the summer break, I felt like I was riding a roller coaster.  There was nothing out of the ordinary, but I went to ThayarSakan. Before that, I went out with my friends and family. It was the start of the ride where all I felt was joy. I had no  worries of “what if something goes wrong?” I stayed over at my grandma’s place most of the summer. My six month-old cousin came from Taiwan and it was actually fun baby-sitting her.

When the time came, I had to go to ThayarSakan. That was the moment I was in the loop. I went there with some of my friends for 4 nights and 5 days.

We had to wake up at 4 A.M. in the morning. Therefore we were very sleepy when we had to meditate. I was so scared; what if the teachers there see me like this. The first and the second day were actually fine. But, on the other days, I was so sleepy, I thought I would fall asleep during the meditation hours.

During the break times, my friends and I would have fun. We watched movies in our room and went out for walks. However, the breaks were only about 30 minutes each.

From time to time, I felt nervous because I thought the teachers might pick me to answer their questions.

However, after the ThayarSakan, nothing interesting happened. I stayed home procrastinating. I wouldn’t sleep even after midnight, therefore, it led to my sleep schedule being a mess. It’s like I couldn’t even tell the difference between day and night.

The moment the school bell rang, my ride jolted. Even with those ups and downs, it was an exciting ride.


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