Premraj Deoraj

As I sit here and I think about what I want people to know about me, I find it hard to decide on what I want to say or where I want to start or even what there is that is interesting about me and worth sharing. It brings up the fact that the way I perceive myself and view the things I do is not always the way the people around me view me. I don’t know that there is much that is interesting about me but the people around me find the things I consider mundane to be exciting and interesting. I guess the only place for me to start is the beginning, as cliché as that might be.

I was born and raised in Guyana, South America. Now for those of you who are not familiar with Guyana, it’s the most oddly shaped country on the continent just north of Brazil. If you need to take a minute and look up a map to see what I’m talking about, I completely understand. You can stop reading right about here and fulfill your curiosity. Did you find it? If you didn’t, we’re just going to have a Dora the Explorer moment and I’ll wait 10 seconds and hope you answered yes and I will move on. Growing up in a third world country was an interesting experience. I like to think that my childhood was not on the level of the commercials that you see on television with the starving children with no water but I know that my parents definitely struggled in order to provide for me, and my brother later on. They made sure to do whatever needed to be done in order to make sure we were happy, healthy, and loved. They still do that to this very day.

I find it interesting that there is so much about my first 11 years in Guyana that I don’t remember; I don’t remember family members that I left behind, places that I used to go to, or even some of the friends that I had. What I do remember are the things that my parents would do in order to move us along day by day and I remember few of the hardships that we faced. I am very lucky to have the parents that I have. I remember us moving from one side of the country, close to where my mother was from, to the other side of the country, where my dad was from, right around the time I was a little over 5 years old. It wasn’t that much longer after my brother was born that we moved. We took roots in the town where my dad was born; in the house that my grandparents owned and the house that he grew up in.

Fast forward 5 years and I was on an airplane bound for New York City. I arrived at John F. Kennedy airport on July 1st, 2000 and started on the track that would eventually lead me to where I am today. I started off my academic career in the 5th grade at P.S. 66 in Woodhaven, Queens. I quickly became aware of the fact that I was learning at a much faster rate than the other students and later found out that I should have been placed in the 7th grade instead of the 5th grade. The hardest adjustment I had to make in elementary school was eliminating the letter “u” from my words. Guyana was originally a British colony and we followed the British educational system, which meant that the letter “u” was still in words like neighbour and colour. As silly as it sounds, that was actually a really hard transition to make.

My middle school years were pretty uneventful. I just went to school, hung out with friends, and went home. My 7th and 8th grades were spent at Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210, more fondly known as M.S.210. In 7th grade I was placed into the Advanced Regents Program (ARP) program which allowed me to complete the 7th and half of 8th grade course load in the 7th grade and the remaining half of the 8th grade and full 9th grade course loads in the 8th grade. Aside from focusing on academics, there was never much else that I did that gave me the opportunity to reflect much on who I was as a person or delve too deeply into who I was at that point. At the end of 8th grade, I was prepared to start high school and go straight into the 10th grade classes.

As I’m sure is true for many people, my high school years were the ones in which I started to discover who I was, what I wanted from life, and where I saw my future taking me. I attended Thomas A. Edison Vocational and Technical Education High School in Jamaica, Queens. I was a CISCO networking major and through my classes and extracurricular actives, I made friends who helped me to discover new things about myself. Now that I sit and look back at it, I was such a different person when I graduated from high school than the timid, sheltered individual who first walked those walls in 9th grade. Through the blossoming friendships, back stabbings, and rekindled friendships, I learned how people really behaved and how valuable it was to have a few good friends as composed to a ton of fake individuals. My group of friends in my senior year were honestly some of the most influential people in my life and thanks to them, I learned more about myself.

As senior year began, I found myself nominated for a program that would allow me to attend a prestigious college with a full tuition scholarship and to my surprise, I was chosen as one of the recipients for a scholarship from the Posse Foundation. On December 11th, 2007, I found out that I would be attending Lafayette College in the fall of 2008. My emotions were a mixture of curiosity, excitement, and terror. It was the first time I would be on my own and away from my family. However, as the day approached, I found myself more and more excited and before I knew it, I was a freshman at Lafayette College majoring in mechanical engineering.

I know that people always say college is about the experiences that you have and the people that you meet and I will say that I agree 100%. From the moment I got to Lafayette, I made friends that I still have in my life to this very day. William Jauregui was in my orientation group and Nick De Rosa was his roommate. I will say that my life has definitely changed for the better after having met the two of them. I was also lucky enough to meet a wonderful girl, who as of 2015, I will have been dating for 4 amazing years. She has honestly made my life so much better and I couldn’t imagine my life without her in it. Anyway, enough with the sappy stuff. Throughout my time in college, I have met amazing individuals who have touched my life in their own way and who have been thankful that they got the opportunity to be in my life as well. The friends that I’ve made and the experiences that I have had in college have definitely molded me into the person that I am currently and fragments of this person will remain with me years into the future.

If you have actually taken the time to read all of what is actually written here, then I commend you greatly. I consider myself an open book and you are more than welcome to ask me any questions that you want to either clarify anything that is written here or anything that you would like to know about me. My future posts will give you more insight into my creative side and what it is that I like to do as hobbies and in my spare time. I dabble in a few things so make sure you subscribe to see what I post in the future.

Below is my journal where I will be posting my photos, artwork, and written material.  Hope you enjoy.

A Gambit’s Predicament