In my life, there have many instances where I have been forced to adapt to different cultures, but the biggest culture shock by far was switching from Catholic school to public school. It could not have been any more different. The size, the people, the town, the curriculum – everything was different. It was such a different environment from what I was used to, but I soon grew to love it.
Moving houses had always been strenuous for me, especially since my family had moved multiple times. This was my family’s third time moving. We were moving from California to Indiana. Even though it was my third time moving, I still found it arduous to move locations and to say goodbye to the friends I made in California. Although the transition of moving was difficult, I decided to focus on the new experiences I would gain from moving.
My life as a military brat has not always been easy. In the last 19 years, I have moved five different times and dealt with my father deploying for months at a time. Moving is hard on military families because of having to meet new people, figuring out where to go to school, etc. Every military child is unique in their own way, whether it 's because of the different experiences he or she has attained from moving, the different cultures/languages, or even meeting new people. This would not be possible if his or her parent didn’t make the decision to go into the military.
When I was 14 I had to move to San Clemente, California. I had already recently moved temporarily to Texas while a house was made ready for us on the military base. “The house is ready!” my mother had said excitedly, after being on the phone for a few minutes. “It’s time to go back?” I had asked. She had said yes then left the room. I then had to move from Texas back to California with my mom, sister, brother, and pets. Once we arrived it was quite an adjustment, I gained an injury, a new academic program, and added responsibilities at home. I guess it didn’t have to be so hard, the move, but it was quite a difficult experience.
Last year I moved from Guttenberg to Manchester, which moved me from Clayton Ridge to West Delaware High School. The whole move was a speedy process. Before we moved I only knew 3 people that attended West Delaware and out of those people, none of them are my age. I was upset with my parents for putting me in the position of leaving all my friends that I had finally gotten used to, to move somewhere where I didn’t know anybody. A rush of emotions were coming onto me; fear of losing friends, anger and resentment towards my family for not telling me until they had already bought the house, but also excitement because I would be starting all over again and meeting new people.
We finally got to Winston-Salem after 2 hours of a long drive. When we pulled up to our new home it was bigger then the last one, I was happy that I moved to Winston, but the only thing was that I didn 't want to go to my new school because I knew no one there and it was going to be very awkward, but when I went the next day it wasn 't that bad, I made new friends so, I wasn 't so lonely. My mom went to work while I was at school. She said that she was glad that she took this job and she doesn 't regret it at all and I was really happy for her. The rest of that day, we explored the places that are in Winston. I 'm happy that I move here because I have more friends then I had back then but I still go see my old friends
A significant experience that has a meaning to me was when I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Moving from Dayton, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia had the biggest impact on my life, because I know, from what others experience, when moving to a whole other state, you have to step out of your comfort zone. You have to leave your family behind and you also have to leave your old friends behind and try to make new friends. Moving to another state, it’s like starting a new life. No one knows you or your past, so it's all about your future now. New friends, new church, new house, and of course, different surroundings. I never thought this (moving to Atlanta) would happen.
Moving is usually rather a daunting step which can bring feelings of insecurity and uneasiness, often times followed by fear of the unknown. Make sense right? Every person reacts differently when subjected to a sudden change: some athletes, for instance, and their families try desperately to hold on to their past. While others, develop the exact opposite strategy to get back on track and move forward.
On August 29, 2005, a category five hurricane, named Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans and destroyed everything in its path. As all the other residents of New Orleans, I was one of the people who experienced this horrible disaster. No one ever predicts that this kind of thing will ever happen to them. Everyone has their story about what happened to them during Hurricane Katrina, but I am going to tell you about my experience and how to affected my life.
I woke up and rolled over to see the time. It was 4:30 in the morning on July 8, 2012 and I could not believe it was already time. Time to actually move. I had lived in the same little house in Driggs, Idaho all my life. It was small double wide, but I loved it anyway. We were moving over two thousand miles to a small farmhouse in Denton, North Carolina. The drive would take seven days and I had no clue what to expect. My emotions about moving were mixed. I did not want to leave all the friends that I had grown up with. I did not want any change in my life. As hard as it was, I had been convinced that, moving was a risk worth taking. And it certainly was.
While the excitement of moving somewhere new is nice, the moving process is one many people dread and avoid like the plague. There's nothing fun about packing up boxes, hauling heavy furniture up and down flights of stairs. Oftentimes, people approach a upcoming move with a lot of anxiety. Believe it or not, it is possible to survive a moving experience without any stress and come out smiling on the other end! There are a few things to consider when approaching a move that can make a major difference.
Starting a new school is hard for most but I have it down to a science. Now, that might just be me being narcissistic but I do have a lot of experience. I’ve been to a lot of schools already so for me it 's just another drop in the bucket.