Chittagong Grammar School, the institution that held the first International Round Square Conference I ever attended.
Bangladesh was a country I had never been to before, so I had no idea what to expect. The first night was the opening ceremony and it was quite short and ended quickly. However, when we got to CGS the second day, we were all in different groups and were made to mingle with everyone. I think that day, I made a lot of friends from the school. We went on a long trek, got to know each other better and played some games at night. That was the day I realised that no matter where you go in the world and how different cultures may be, the people, their attitudes and the way they grow and some of the things they do will always be universal. We had so much in common with regard to taste in music, what we like doing in our free time, what we like to do with friends, how we’ve learnt things and what our interests are. I was able to gel with them very quickly and effortlessly.
On the third day, we had a lot of activities-we painted on bamboo sticks, made a kite, played a treasure hunt, played some ball games but my favourite part was when they called students from government schools and we interacted with them as they drew and coloured on pieces of paper. They were all really smart and they were so aware of their city and it’s history, I was so happy to learn that.
Chittagong has done a lot to uplift the poor and uneducated and they continue to do so, they have even inculcated these morals within the CGS students. Because of this, they are very empathetic.
After the day’s activities, the school conducted a Jam night with great food, music and lights. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to end our last night together in Bangladesh.
One more really important connection I made was with the students from other Indian schools located in Nainital and Delhi. We were even in the same hotel so we spent a lot of time together, ate all of our meals together and travelled together. We grew extremely close by the last day. Thanks to the digital age, all of us are still in touch and continue to update each other about major events in our lives and just how we are doing even in general. I am really happy about it.
I am really grateful about the fact that Inventure is part of Round Square because I do believe it is really essential, especially for people my age. Students learn so much from it, from differences in culture and area codes to learning there are still several similarities in upbringing and interests. Students develop great social skills and learn to make the best out of every situation.