Hey everyone! My name is Kausi Raman and this is an update/introduction (if you couldn’t tell by the title) of my life as of now, and my plans for this blog for the next year. To make a long story short, I’m taking a year off in between high school and college, and I have a lot planned for the gap. I’m excited to share all of the random/not random thoughts that I have in the next year with all of you.

I figured, before I start talking about all my goals and aspirations, you should know a little bit about me:

I was born in Sydney, Australia, where I have one aunt, two uncles, and six cousins, all of whom I’m incredibly close with. We moved to America when I was 2 years old, to Cupertino. And then to Fremont. Then to Palo Alto. Then to San Ramon, which is where I am now. Fun fact: my current high school is the 9th school I’ve been to.

I was homeschooled for a year in 8th grade, and we spent the year in India. Just for fun. This trip to India really changed my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful for our family’s sense of “why the hell not”. Otherwise the logistics of moving to India and homeschooling me and my brother for an entire year would have probably stopped us.

I love fashion, singing, dancing (though I’m horrible at it), baking, and reading, though those things aren’t really as relevant to this blog. They are, however, more relevant to the blog kausinoodles.wordpress.com, which is more of a fashion/lifestyle-type site that I post on.

I have had the happiest life I could ever hope for, and there’s not a single day that goes by that I’m not thankful for the people I have in it, specifically my open-minded, caring, understanding family, including my bad-ass, future food truck owning father, and my beautiful and wise, mother, who taught me that learning is more important than test scores or grades, and that life isn’t a race, among other things. She can be unintentionally wise too. If you were wondering about my yearbook quote, “You have to cut the beans to eat the beans”, she meant it literally when she said it, but I learned an important lesson about hard work that day. No, Bharat (my awesome, imaginative, violinist brother), and Dobby (my adorable, ironically sock-loving puppy) I didn’t forget you.

I’ve found inspiration in many places, whether that includes my supportive family, who taught me that hard work pays off, and that there are many possible paths to success, the children of the school in India that I volunteered at, who inspired me to start English Kadhavu (which I’ll talk about more in my next blog post), my 11th grade history teacher, who not only increased my appreciation for american history, but for seeing all perspectives of every story, and the importance of actually doing something about things you care about, or my AP Language and Composition teacher, who taught me how to use my writing to effect change and who told me that I even changed her perspective with a blog post I had written on animal cruelty.

I’ve always loved to write. If you scroll down a bit on this blog, you’ll find posts that I had written as an 8th grader during our adventure in India, and a couple of posts of me trying to learn Tamil, for the trip I’m taking to India this summer (the reasons for which shall also be explained in the next blog post).

With all of the things that I learned in mind, I hope to write posts that brings to others’ attention my perspective on certain issues and things that I care about, to always look at all sides of a story before I take a stance on something, and to always keep an open mind. I hope that my writing doesn’t force those reading to take on a certain viewpoint, but helps them come to their own conclusions. I also hope to be able to facilitate discussion with those who might disagree with something that I say.

So, whether you’re a friend who wants to keep updated in the going-ons of my life, or someone I don’t know who’s interested in what I have to say anyways, then welcome to my world!