We keep moving forward
BY NADIA CHAHID and MACIE WRIGHT on MAY 16, 2014
Moving is defined as a change in location, but it is much more than that. A change in location can be for the betterment of the family, a better job opportunity, better education and potentially a better lifestyle.
A move is not only leaving behind a school, job or house but also friends and maybe family as well. The people moving and the loved ones are affected by this change; they each have to learn how to adapt to a new situation. Junior Hope Gibson has had two of her best friends move in the past couple years, one to California and one to boarding school.
“It was really hard to lose two of my best friends, with Hailey [so far away, it is hard] and I can’t go easily see her but I get to see Anna Gray more but I can’t just go over to her [house] and having to call her isn’t the [same],” Gibson said.
Separation and distance are two things that are hard to adapt to, but when the reality sets in the only thing a person can do is accept the facts and adjust as best they can.
Recently, former Rose Student Bryce Topping moved away, leaving behind many friends in Greenville.
“The move impacted me [badly] because [Bryce and I] were really close and we talked all the time,” junior Jorge Hernandez said.
There is a quote that states “Separation makes the heart grow fonder.”. In some cases, a move can enhance and better a relationship but other times it hurts the people involved and ends up badly. In Gibson's case, distance has helped her friends grow even closer.
“[After Anna Gray and Hailey moved] it made me realize how close we really are as friends because when they come back it feels like nothing ever changed and our friendship is still so strong,” Gibson said.
When someone moves it can sometimes affect the loved ones around them, but how does the one moving adjust? Dalia Nashed immigrated to the United States from Egypt in August of 2013. While moving to a new country is exciting, it can also bring stressful changes and adjustments to life. The culture shock of moving to a whole new continent is more than getting over jetlag.
“Moving here changed my life completely because life in Egypt is completely different from living here,” Nashed said.
Nashed had to learn to adjust to a new culture, country and language. She had learned English at school since she was four years old, however, she only learned to read and write English. So, when she came to the U.S. she had to put it into the action of speech.
“The culture is completely different here and I’ve learned a lot of things here,” said Nashed.
Nashed moved here because of immigration and the chance for a better education.
“School in Egypt is [a lot] more strict,” said Nashed.
In Egypt, Nashed had to wear a specific uniform to school everyday while at Rose she has many options to choose from.
Although moving adds many stressors to daily life it also provides many opportunities and new exciting experiences. If one can make it through the adjustments than it can be a good change.