I remember my first arrival in Southampton, back in 2013. Due to a bad traffic on the M3, I didn’t reach Southampton until just before midnight. Weary after more than 24 hours of no sleep, I dragged my suitcases to the top floor of the student hall, and slept in thirst as I couldn’t find the kitchen to get a glass of water. It wasn’t a smooth start, but what followed was nothing short of amazing.
Fast forward to a year after that, and it broke my heart when I finished my master’s degree. My departure was imminent, and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. It was such an amazing journey filled with incredible people, love, and hope. This was the time I discovered myself and the courage to be that self. For these reasons (among many more), Southampton will always have a special place in my heart.