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Moving to a New City

Writer, Age 15

Just 9 months ago, I moved from a small town to a big city in another state. I had spent half my life in that small town so it was hard to get adjusted to living in a new city and state. The first night after we left, I was really sad. I missed everything about it. I even missed the pine trees. In the hotel room shower, I just started crying uncontrollably. I felt like the world was ending. I was leaving behind all that was familiar to me. When we arrived at our new home, all that I could think about were my friends and how this new house would never seem like home to me.

On the first day of school, I was very nervous. I was late to almost all of my classes because I couldn't find my way around. Lunchtime was the worst part of the day because I didn't have anyone to sit with. I just sat with some girl who didn't even say hi back to me after I said hi to her. For the next couple of days, all I did was complain to my parents and feel sad.

Then a few days after I first started school, another new girl arrived. She was in two of my classes and I was determined to become friends with her since neither one of us knew anybody. After a week or two of just trying to get her to talk to me and carry on a normal conversation with me, we finally became comfortable with each other. I had finally made a friend! After that, one by one, I tried to make a friend or two in each class. Before I knew it, I had friends! Finally I was starting to feel better about the move. My house even became a home to me. I realized that just because my life changed, it didn't mean that I couldn't be happy again.

Sometimes I still miss my small town and all my friends, but it's not nearly as bad as it was when I first moved here. My advice to other girls who have just moved away from their home is to try not to let it get you down too much. Try to make new friends and accept that you are somewhere else now. If you spend too much time dwelling in the past, then you will never see what is out there for you now.

Last Modified Date: 1/10/2001