Learning From Moving

Chris - Fort Ann, New York
Entered on August 6, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Learning from Moving:

I have lived in three different states, such as Honolulu Hawaii, where the water was as clear as crystal and the warmth of the sand is something I have never experienced before. One transforming experience that I had in Hawaii was when the ocean took me away while I was playing on the beach. One day, when my dad was stationed in the army, we all went to the beach to celebrate my third birthday. I had just gotten there, and I was standing in the sand when the water came up and took me away from my party and every one else. My mom ran out in the ocean to help me she was pregnant with my sister at the time. She ran into the water because my dad is afraid of water, but she was pregnant with my sister at the time. After I was out of the water, my family and I camped out at the beach, and I was lying on the beach staring at the stars.

I lived in Hawaii till I was ten, and then I moved to Colorado. I made a lot of friends when I lived in Colorado but one of my friends sticks out the most because he was right there when I needed help. When he turned 18, he passed away because of a drunk driver, which was the worst experience I have ever had. That’s the reason I joined the SADD, (students against destructive decisions), so that I could do onto others. SADD has taught me to be a better person and to help those who need help. It has made me realize that one wrong choice could led to a lifetime of bad chooses.

I moved from Colorado to New York State because of my relatives that I have never met. I felt upset and hated to move from Colorado to New York. I hated it because I had to leave all my friends. When I first moved here, I hated people and New York itself. First I lived in Fort Edward and went to school there. The school I came from in Colorado was a large school; then I was transferred to Fort Edward which is a much smaller school. I disliked the idea of a small school, but when I made friends it was a lot nicer. I lived in fort Edward for one year, and then my family moved to Fort Ann. where I went to Fort Ann Central School. Fort Ann is a lot nicer then Fort Edward, but when I first started in Fort Ann Central School I had a very poor attitude, and I had a chip on my shoulder, I thought I was better then every one. I ultimately made friends that were positive role models for me, and I felt like I was part of the school. I joined SADD again in Fort Ann Central School, because I wanted to help people realize that drinking and other bad things was a bad idea to do. I have lived in fort Ann for three years now, and while many teachers have helped me, two teachers helped me the most because of their positive and helpful ideas.

Learning from what I have been through has made me a better person, and I plan to stay in school in order to graduate and fulfill my goals and dreams. My belief that I want my experience to show is that I have tried to bring a different culture to a new place.