Moving to New Mexico - My Family Travels

Throughout my life I have experienced many positives and many negatives. What I have learned about my negative experiences is that they always become positive sometime later in my life. As humans we judge things quickly. We know almost instantly how we feel about something. I have learned to deal with this from a significant experience.


I was 8 years old at the time when my parents told my sister and me that we would be moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We had lived on the east coast our whole lives and we had many good friends there. We had connected with the place. I remember being in shock when my parents told me we were moving. I was greatly saddened and worried about the move.

At first I was skeptical of the whole situation. All I thought about was how much fun I’d be having if I had still been in Rhode Island. I made every situation the worst by doing this. As time passed, I made new friends and became more and more comfortable with my situation in Santa Fe. I began to respect the scenery and appreciate the every day immensities of living in the Rocky Mountains. 


When I entered the seventh grade at yet another new school, I felt more confident because I knew no one had switched schools as many times as a had. After my first year at Santa Fe Prep I became the happiest I ever was. I had no plans of leaving the school at all. I had made great friends and I enjoyed going to school. It was my freshman year when my parents had told me that we would be moving again, this time to New York.


My initial reaction was that I would do fine there, being that I had lived on the east coast before. We made the move with ease. After my first year in New York, I began to miss New Mexico a lot, especially my school. I had attended Santa Fe Prep. It was a laid back school, but still very challenging. It was a small knit community. Everyone knew everybody. I really liked that. I had begun to gain respect around the school from teachers and students. When I decided to go to Iona Prep, I figured it would be similar to Santa Fe Prep. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There were more kids than I was used to seeing. It was anything, but laid back. Not only did I miss my school, I missed the Santa Fe setting.


I missed looking out my window and seeing the mountain ranges. I missed bright sun and the quiet downtown. I realized that I had taken everything for granted. It was a major life lesson for me and its helped shape me to what I am now. I have learned to truly respect things more. I have learned to make the best of any situation. I learned a lot about myself after my first couple of years in New York. I have found out that I am a very adaptable person. I can survive in the mountains and live with nature and still be able to live a heavily populated area. Today my experience has made me respect the world a lot more. After all, one has to give respect to earn respect.   

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