Dandelion

A "poem" of the moves I have experienced through metaphor. A dandelion has risen, and she is born in a world full of sunshine and rainbows. An island, where she is ignorant of the world. But soon enough she will be introduced to the rest of the dandelions and she will find her people. The dandelion has found a new home. This home is sunshine and friends, and running barefoot in the grass with her sister. This home holds new possibilities and new people. This home is good. Home is a new place now. The dandelion is happy. She grows and laughs and says goodbye, but she doesn't understand. She will see her friends again, she knows she will. The dandelion moves to a desert where her people are fe

The Journey Overseas

I've officially moved. Overseas. For the first time in my life! So the weirdest thing about moving wasn't the actual moving part, the empty streets, ghost towns that echoed when you shouted. No. The weirdest part was not being able to say our normal goodbyes. Normally saying goodbye doesn't actually mean "I will never, ever see you again." No. It means "Eh... I will probably run into you in a couple of years." Or, "I'll see you again soon." Because for military kids, it really is a small world after all. However, with the addition of the COVID-19 crisis, the goodbyes didn't even happen for some of us. I remember getting texts from friends asking if I'd left yet, and that hit me as the weird

Dear Admissions Office, from the COVID Teens

Dear College Admissions Office, We are the Classes of 2021, 22, 23, and 24 . We are the COVID students. As the virus rages on, our school lives must continue. Most of our school year will be virtual, or at most, in person with extreme separation. The ongoing quarantine and social distancing means we will not be fully involved in our communities, be able to participate in sports, or fulfill in-person leadership roles. We know you love these things. We’ve heard its part of your ideal well-rounded student. It may be time to change your expectations. But for the COVID teens, can we still be well-rounded? When the pandemic denied our in-person growth, interaction, and leadership, will you look fo

Your Complete and Total Guide to 48 Hours in Budapest

Budapest is the city you’ve been looking for. It has everything: the art, the history, the complex geographic culture, and of course, the food. This is the ultimate city to visit in Eastern Europe, and I have the complete and total guide just for you so you can start your post-COVID travels off right. Before you go, you should be aware that the city of Budapest is actually split into two regions. Buda, the west side, and Pest, the east side. These sides are split by the Danube River. This might make it easier or more difficult for you to tour the city, depending on how confused you may get trying to keep track of which side you’re on. That’s why our two days are going to be pretty evenly spl

Your Guide to In-Person School During a Pandemic

As we all know by now, 2020 has been a really stressful, unpredictable year. With all of the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic, even things we’ve become accustomed to such as church, school, and even a trip to the grocery store have changed drastically to keep us safe and slow the spread. Here in Keller, Texas, our school year was able to start more or less on time - and in person. I’ve been in school for almost three weeks as of writing this and have a pretty good grasp on the safety procedures and why certain procedures are in place. Seeing as most of y’all around the country have yet to start in person, I’m here to tell you guys what you can generally expect when you go back if your s

My Biggest Leadership Mistakes

Leadership is always taught as something that is learned over time. Leaders aren't born overnight. The best way to learn true leadership is to make mistakes. I have made quite a few mistakes, but I became a better leader because of them. A few especially stand out to me. One of the most valuable mistakes that I made and learned from was that I have too much pride. This big mistake was made last summer at a camp for the Civil Air Patrol. It was an extremely fun Leadership Reaction Course. One of the courses was to get people from one side to the next without touching the ground, and I was nominated to be the leader. As a result, I didn't want to listen to others and did what I wanted, even if

Into the Deep End: Lessons From My First Move

On the first day of school at Humphreys High, I was a jumble of emotions. I was fretful, ecstatic, and wary of what awaited me. To me, this was the first time I had ever moved to a new location. As neither of my parents were a part of the military, I never had the experience of transferring to a new region and setting my sights on a new school somewhere different than where I was accustomed to. Although many of my friends and acquaintances had also moved, I was still scared of the new experience I was about to face. Although not much of a move, the thought of living outside of the metropolitan area of Seoul frightened me. Born and raised in Seoul, I never dwelled on the fact that I would one

In Only One Year, You Can Make a Difference

Well, here we are. About to start up school, I am finally a junior. AN UPPERCLASSMAN. WOOHOO. To be honest, I didn’t think I would make it here. There were so many things preventing my path, from my medical conditions to everyday people. I’ve changed schools in the last 2 years, 3 times. THREE DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS IN TWO YEARS. I don’t know how I did it. To learn all those teachers' names and classmates. You could call me Superman. But in all honesty, it hurts me more than you know. I left the great state of Arizona to move to Wisconsin. The military usually moves families every three years so I left at three years. Right in the middle of my freshman year. I went to a small school that hea

Heart of Home: An Extension of "The Road-Map Called My Home"

Read the first part of "The Road Map Called My Home" HERE Deep in each and every one of our hearts is that sense of home. Now more than ever, when many are stuck indoors or struggling with moves, that sense is being challenged. The hope is that everything will be okay. Whether we are stuck in our homes or on the move to new ones, we are all facing challenges in this new time. It is important to keep in mind that home can only be as home-like as you make it - so make this unprecedented time a time of family bonding and the building of a stronger home. No matter where you are in the world, home follows you. You make home. So make your home your happy place, because we don't know how long we wi

The 5 Stages of Moving

The phrase “we are moving” will haunt me until my last day on this dreadful earth. Because of PCS season, many military kids have heard this phrase over the summer. This phrase is like a beacon of dread for anyone who has previously moved because they know what is coming. They will once again (or maybe for the first time) have to uproot their life and move across the world for their parent's job. Many emotions can be felt at this time, but the most common emotional order is that of grief, which often comes in five stages. 1. Denial Denial is the first stage. This is the part of the move where you first hear about it and are trying to find some sort of loophole to stay where you are. This is

Back to School: Tips to Cope with a New Environment

Sadly enough, it’s back to school season. While this can seem like yet another exhausting chore, it can be dreadful for new students, especially those who just recently moved. It can be a frightening experience, especially since as a completely new student you are going into school alone (unless you have siblings tagging along) without knowing the school layout, the type of people there, and the overall atmosphere. But don't worry, there are many actions you can take to make the beginning of school not as miserable! One of the first things new students can do is figure out the school's layout. While it seems like a useless task, it can reduce the stress of not knowing where to go and prevent

Friends Come and Go

I'm sure you've seen and heard SO many things about this upcoming school year and the anxiety people are feeling. No one really knows what next year has in store. There are people who are scared, upset, hopeful, excited, or unmotivated. I've heard and seen so much in these past few months. Lots of my writing inspiration has come from this school situation, which is surprising because I don't like school. I'll be going back to school in a couple of weeks (probably around the time this article is published). It's been all I can think about lately. The uncertainty of it all scares me but, it's also intriguing. There are fears that come with every new school year, not just from COVID and the reg

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