I Have Been Living In The USA For Over A Year

I Have Been Living In The USA For Over A Year And I Am Grateful For The Opportunity

I miss my country but I don't regret having the opportunity of studying abroad because it has helped me grow as a person.


I remember how excited I was to transfer to the main campus and finally complete my studies. While all of that positive emotions were coursing through my veins, I did not realize how terrifying it is to live away from your country. I come from The Republic of Panama. While Florida has its fair share of Hispanics, traditional food, and parties, it's just not the same.

Lately, I have been missing home. I've been missing the food, I've taken upon myself to cook 'traditional' breakfast that you'd only eat when you drive to the beach (a.k.a, hojaldra, empanadas, carimanola, bollo, etc.) and talk to anybody in Spanish and dance to Hispanic music to feel at home. While my heart is yearning for home, my soul reminisces to how much I have matured.

For this past year, I have learned that having the opportunity of moving to another country helps someone grow and be more independent. I have looked back and realized how much I have matured, and even though I've gone out of my comfort zone and tried going out and clubbing, I have looked back to see my personal growth. Academically, I've had to push myself to do better, as not having a parent around made it easier to breathe but harder to remember that you have school work. Not having my parents around to remind me that I have a test for the next day, made me learn about time management. I'm not going to lie; I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I've learned how to manage myself financially (you know, make the actual bucket list that you've seen your parents do several times) and find the balance between social life and professional life.

On that note, I learned from this past year is to stop being terrified of expanding myself professionally. As an aspiring writer and film producer, I need to go out there, and I've done that. That's the beauty of already being out there. To anyone out there that is afraid of moving out of their country or away from their families, take the opportunity because it will help you grow as a person (just remember to be safe and keep your documents with you).

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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