My First Time Away From Home
The saying “you need to appreciate what you already have” is true.
Of course I was very happy of what I had, but I started to value them as I never did.
Leaving to go to American high school was my very first time away from home, and it took a lot of adjusting to new surroundings. I didn’t have my Parents right by my side anymore and I needed to become more independent on doing things on my own. Adjusting to a new country, city, community, and school was a challenge because I was used to being in my own city, with my old friends, at my old school. I often get homesick and want to go home, but I guess it is natural. At first when I originally started taking about getting out of the house, and going to another country I didn’t realize that it would take so much adjusting.
I feel that my mom has spoiled me by doing laundry for me up to now)))) but I am now independent for having to do it on my own. Moving to America for a short amount of time was a major change in my life because I had no family or friends here; they were all in Armenia. My friends and I would walk downtown on the river walk just to have a nice time. It was the hang out, and I just knew that America didn’t have anything that could be compared with the nature and people back home.
Is it demanding? Sometimes, I would say!
I have majored in a skill of talking to myself every time whenever I have a hard time. And it helps! “Ourselves” is the best person to encourage us in such situations. I have always been a very affable and friendly person and thus making friends was never difficult for me, then and even now. But whenever the thought of my best friend comes to my mind, I can confidently proclaim that “my self” is my best friend. Whenever I need someone to talk to, I turn to myself. My inner soul gives me the accurate answers to my questions. I ask myself about my actions, needs, desires and capabilities. And I get the right answers and reasons! Only thing needed here to carry on with the conversation is honesty.
I am here for me and for my education, and a very short time left. The only thing I can do is working and enjoying this country with its culture and habits.
Fortunately, I have a host family who accepts me as a family member.
I couldn’t ask for more. I feel loved and respected by them. I am going to miss them when I return to Armenia.