When I arrived to the United States on September 27, 2017, I underestimated how impactful this new change would have been. When I initally arrived here I felt a vast sense of emptiness since I left so many members of my family behind. My dad, stepmom, brother and I spent three months in a hotel since we had no place to call a home. Once we began to settle, I started studying at AIE Charter School, where I had a very enjoyable experience. I was able to learn many new things about life and education in the United States. For example, I learned that here, primary schools go up to the 8th grade and that in order to graduate, I have to pass several exams that do not exist in Venezuela. Addtionally, knowing that I have to leave my native language behind and adapt to a language that is not widely used where I come from was intimidating. It took years of practice and determination but learning English over time was something that I considered impressive and that made me feel incredibly proud of myself. For high school, my family and I decided to enroll me in Miami Springs Senior High. Which ended up being a great decision. I was able to spend my first two years doing extra curricular activities in a club and get many community service hours. All of this now leads up to my senior year, which began to get quite complicated considering all classes were online, which is a new format for me. I found it especially difficult since I couldnt have that closeness and interatice teaching that is seen in the physical schoolhouse. Despite all of this, I have enjoyed my time at Springs as I’ve gotten to meet many people, from the teachers who made sure to put in the extra work with helping me to all the friends I’ve made.
Throughout my life I’ve learned that things are constantly changing, new experiences and situations are always occurring and regardless if they are positive or negative, there is always something to gain from them.