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Today I turn nineteen. Nineteen! Is it silly to say that I’m oh-so-ready for nineteen? It just has such a nice ring to it, don't you think? Nineteen.

I thought I would be, but I am not all that sad to see eighteen go. I have never been one to lament the process of getting older, and I am rather fond of new beginnings. I do find it most peculiar how one’s perception of age shifts as one traverses the years, though. 19 sounded impossibly adult to me before, but now that I have arrived here – on platform 19 – it seems so very, entirely, youthful. My entire grown-up life ahead of me, should I be so lucky. I can't wait to see where this journey will take me.

I do want to say this though- I'm proud of the person I was at eighteen. I'm so, so proud of everything I've done this past year. It's been a hard one - no one said India would be easy - but I've learned things this year that I never would have otherwise. So in keeping with tradition, here's 18 things I …

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