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Andrea from Peoria, IL

The Power of Change

Growing up in a family that frequently relocated, I originally associated the word "change" with a sinking feeling of daunting uncertainty. After all, who wants to move away from their friends, house, and life and start over somewhere completely new, only to move all over again a few months later? Due to my family's moving, I've attended 3 high schools--a different school for each of freshman, sophomore, and junior year. One would think that I absolutely detest change more than anything.
However, this might be surprising, but if I could teach the world one thing, it would be that change is not unfortunate, negative, or lamentable--but it is just the opposite: Change is positive. I've come to view my widely varied experiences with so many types of places and people not as barriers, but instead as opportunities that have been possible due to change. For example, I've not only been able to keep in touch with old friends I no longer see, but I've also met new friends, acquaintances, teachers, role models, peers, and community members in every new environment that I've been. I've learned something unique from each of them, and together, all of these valuable lessons have taught me that there's a silver lining in any position, no matter how unfamiliar it seems at first. By making the most of each situation, I've adapted and grown as a result. I'm not as shy as I once was, and can walk up to a group of people and introduce myself with confidence. I can honestly say that each place I've lived, despite being temporary, has its own unknown that is really a learning experience in disguise.
If I had the chance to speak to the world, say that change is not an obstacle, but an opportunity.

Student Profile

Name Andrea
School Richwoods High School
Year High School Junior
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