Honesty, Confidence and Spreading Happiness — These values are required to be successful in today’s world.”
Samyuakta Singh, a first year Biomedical Engineer, plans to save the world. Her choice of major originates from her love of biology and believing success derives from a positive impact on the world. In Sight SWEeeing, Samyuakta describes her journey through the US, Europe and Asia while delving into why she travels.
Samyukta is no stranger to traveling. She moved from India to Singapore at six months old and then from Singapore to Houston, TX when she turned thirteen. In America, sightseeing during the year proved impossible because her time centered around finishing high school. Not to be discouraged, Samyukta decides her summer break would consist of travels around Europe.
“In Europe, I went to Switzerland, London, France,” Samyukta explains, but “I’d say Zurich, Switzerland was my favorite. It was small, quiet and peaceful,” unlike the corporate parts of Austin, a busy mess. But, Samyukta still appreciates the “parts of it that are green, so Austin is every city combined into one.”
Living in the US provided more opportunities to explore the country. “I’ve been to around California, Arizona to see the Grand Canyon,” Samyukta starts, “but my favorite stop had to be New York.” Samyukta illustrates New York as “such a happening place. You’re still kind of by yourself even though surrounded by people. In the anonymity of the big city, you can reinvent and re-meet yourself.”
To solidify the trip to New York in her mind, Samyukta snags a keychain to add to her pinboard in her room that’s full of them, all representative of their originating location. “On a trip back to New York,” Samyukta reflects, “I’d visit both the history and the art. Sometimes, they intertwine.”
“I enjoy the historical aspect of traveling” Samyukta explains, “On my travels to India with my mom, that love of history was brought out.” The love stems from Samyukta hyper-focusing on the reason behind different cultures in India: the ruling dynasty shaping the kingdom’s history.
“Now,” Samyukta expounds, “I look out for [reasons behind different cultures] in all other places I visit.” Samyukta treasures these pilgrimages back to India and the familiarity to her country they brought. “I don’t feel like a stranger when I go back.” Her mother establishes India as home; Although, Samyukta might get lost in thought while in the Big Apple, she’ll find the way back to her roots. Travel is fun, but home is comfort.