This is my school. My brand new school. Since September 2010 I have been to hell and back, not only dealing with my mental illnesses, but two major earthquakes in my city as well (september 2010 and february 2011), along with the aftershocks that follow. My whole school was destroyed - our chapel, gym, english, maths, music, language, office, science and social studies classrooms were all damaged to the extent that they were unsafe and had to be torn down. For the past two years, we have had our chapel and gymnasium in the form of a marquee, cold flimsy marquees with no doors - PE was freezing in the winter! But we just got on with it. The reason I’m making this post, is because yesterday night, our school’s new chapel/auditorium and gym were officially opened. I never really fully understood and realised how much we have all been through until I was sitting in our new chapel last night listening to our principal’s speech. We’ve had to deal with weeks to months off school after the earthquakes, trying to learn our curriculum online, disruptions physically and mentally, dealing with the builders and the always changing structure of our school - having to take different routes to our classes to make way for the construction, sometimes walking a good 400m from class to class, which was particularly unpleasant in winter. But after all of this, we’ve made it. This morning we had a proper school chapel service in the new building, and I felt so happy. It felt like balance had finally been restored to the universe, We finally had something back that I didn’t realise I’d missed so much until now. I felt a sense of belonging and like everything was back the way it used to be, the way it should be. Even though we still have a way to go in terms of the school’s complete reconstruction, the fact that this moment which we’ve been waiting for for 2.5 years is finally here, made me feel so much peace, happiness and hope. It really is like we’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel, and it made me feel really positive about recovery too. I KNOW I will get there in the end. Even though it may take a long time, it will happen. I will reach my light at the end of the tunnel, just like my school finally has.