Leaving home to attend college is in general a big step and for me as an international student, leaving my country Chile was very scary due to the big changes I was going to face. One of the huge diversity experiences I had was when I first came to the United States in August 25th, 2012 and through all my freshmen year. My freshman year was a time filled with some anxiety and wonderful discoveries. First, my roommates where all from different countries (Japan, Canada and United States) and the true is that with the exception of the Canadian guy, I couldn’t get along with them at the beginning. They were different attitude and ways to face a same problem but at the end, we created a good atmosphere in our room and although we don’t live together
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According to a U.S. News article, “What Are Advantages of Going to College In State vs. Out of State? ,” the huge benefit of moving away from home is that it allows student growth in the new community by getting “pushed out of one's comfort zone, learning how to negotiate through a new location, and doing so together with new classmates” (par. 5). Similarly, an article made by Emma Westlund, titled “The Benefits Of Going To College Out Of State,” she claims that, “Even if your home state borders your college state, chances are, just crossing the border will expose you to subtle and not-so-subtle cultural differences in styles, activities, tastes, and language. It will be a whole new environment and aspects of that state will be different than where you are from” (par. 4). In other words, many get to adapt and experience new elements that can be found in the college location.
Having immigrated to the United States from Vietnam many years ago, from a poor family in a small town that couldn’t afford post-secondary education and didn’t need nor want it, James was the first of his family to go to college. He had no guiding hand other than that of his small number of American friends. Not knowing many colleges and being unable to research universities, he opted to go to the nearby community college, San Jose City. He was interested in construction, and decided to major in it. Soon after, he received his degree and transferred to San Jose State to pursue a 4-year degree.
I moved to Okinawa when I was eight months old and left when I was thirteen years. Upon my move I started my first year of high school in a place where I knew not a single person nor thing, similar to how my parents started their thirteen journey abroad. Walking through the entrance of my new school, all my preconceived notions about the school went out the window. The roaring in my ears muffled all the excited chatter as I worked my way through the dense crowd and up the dual staircase, stumbling on few steps. Waiting for the bell to ring to signal the start of the day, I came to realize that I was going to be on my own for a while, and that it would be for the better.
"Boom! Boom! " I was startled awake by the heavy drums, followed by a sharp "clang!" of the cymbal. Firecrackers popped wildly amidst the rhythmic noise, and to add to the racket, the monk's prayer was recited repeatedly through a megaphone as he paraded down the streets. As strange as it sounds, this is just one of the many early morning Buddhist rituals for the seventh lunar month, also known as the "Ghost Month.
A rising issue in today’s society is deciding whether or not college is worth the cost. There is an extreme amount of pressure that is forced upon high school students by parents, teachers, and peers to further their education and attend college. However, there is research that challenges the thought that college is the best possible path for a person to take. College may be a great investment for some people, but it is not meant for everyone. This is supported by the arguments that colleges are expensive, jobs do not always require a college degree, and students are forced to choose a lifestyle before being exposed to the real world.
Moving to the United States was not an easy journey for my family and I. I had to get integrate to a new society which meant a changing to my traditional lifestyle and habit and learning a new language and culture. In high school, I adapted well because many courses were not too vigorous, and the classes moved at a slower pace. On the contrary, college requires juggling multiple classes and adapting to the new college life. For eighteen years of my life, I had never spent more than two days away from my parents, so it was quite difficult at first.
What kind of college should a student go? Is college, even necessary to go? These are the questions I should be pondering while I think about my future. It seemed like that the time to decide or think about my career was in the far future. However, time to think about my detailed future plans have now arrived.
Attending school opened a new world for me. I had immigrated from Colombia eight years ago, and as an immigrant I faced several hurdles, such as the language barrier, the customs, the disadvantages of living in poverty, and the legalization in this nation. As the years began to go by, all the hindrances began to vanish itself, it was more a matter of time and perseverance. When my senior year of high school arrived, I was very excited to apply to all the colleges of my choice, nonetheless, from the twenty-five that I applied to, none accepted me.
He knew moving away from home was not a good idea. His mother definitely knew that her little boy moving away from home, her, and everything that he knew and loved was not just a “not good” idea, it was a horrible one. So she was trying to get him to stop. Yet he was leaving for the other side of the country anyways. William didn 't know why he felt such a strong urge to move to a little island off of New Jersey, and even though his mother was upset and didn 't want him to, she still taught him to always follow his gut instinct.
As we grow older and progress from the days of nap time and color books of kindergarten to the football games and school dances of high school we undoubtedly change a great deal. We change how we dress, what we like, and even who we are friends with, but through all this turnover there is one persistent question that remains, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. I have always dreaded being asked this question partially because it is such an infinitely complex question that requires such a rudimentary answer but also because I have never truly realized what I wanted to be when I had ceased to grow. This was none more apparent than in my first month of kindergarten. It was about an hour towards the end of the school day when we were asked to answer the seemingly straightforward question.
Have you ever felt uncomfortable, nervous, and confused ? These are all the things I felt moving to a new school. I had no idea if I would gain friends or if anyone would like me. Maybe if I had a tour around the new school before my first day I would have not been so disorientated. Going from a one story school to a two story school was hard, having to look down every five seconds to make sure I was on the right hall, or if I was suppose to be upstairs or downstairs.
Moving is always hard. It is harder if you are moving from your birthplace to a culturally different country after spending most of your teenage years. I moved from Bangladesh to New York about a year and a half ago and let me tell you, it was not easy. I had to leave the place I grew up in, my friends and relatives and start a new life here in America. Probably the only good part was that at least I was with my family throughout this hardship.
When determining what college is a right fit for me, I looked at many different things. Cost, academics, campus life, and many other things are the big things everyone takes into account when deciding where to go. Most of the colleges I am considering are closer to home yet are still within a day’s drive if I need to get home. I want to get away from home as much as the next person, but I still consider colleges close to home. That way, if I need help or something happens, my family is able to come to my aid.
As growing a university student in foundation, I tackle an immense amount of questions everyday. While some are faily easy to answer ,others may take time to think about as they are preparing me for the rest of my life . After all, is not that what university is about? One of the biggest,most crucial and most popular questions arise towards the end of my second semester in foundation .People keep asking me on what course will I continue for my degree .Nowadays, people think that going to the university is no longer an option as it is a necessity in the society that we live in .In