The location of where you live can easily change your perception on life in many different ways. It can change from a social standpoint, a resource standpoint and educational standpoint. My life has changed drastically many different times over the past couple years. I have gone from a small town in Western Massachusetts with a population of 2,000 people, to a boarding school that limited things you could do, to college in Florida where it is always warm and always has things to do.
I come from a little town in Massachusetts where people have to drive at least fifteen minutes just to go to the grocery store. In order to get anywhere a car is needed because my town is in the middle of nowhere. I was used to driving and having the freedom to go as far as I needed whenever I wanted. Then my life changed when I would go back to boarding school for the school year.
At boarding school I felt like a robot. You did the same thing everyday at the same time. Go to school from eight thirty to two o’clock, then go to sports practice till four thirty, then dinner started at five and closed at seven, then we had study hall from eight to ten every night, and finally you would have to be in your room at eleven for lights out. The next morning I would wake up and do it all over again. It was very hard to do the same things everyday because it got repetitive and boring. I also was not used to not having the freedom of having my car to go anywhere I wanted like I did at home. That was very hard to adjust to because you feel trapped and can only go so far.
My point of view on my family and friendships changed when I went to boarding school too. I could never see my friends from home or family because I was always at school. I lost touch with my friends and tried to talk to my family as much as possible but had limited time because I was always busy. It was very difficult at first, but I adapted to it and learned that relationships with family and friends mean a lot more than you originally think before you can’t see them as much.
From a small town to boarding school, I have finally arrived here at Rollins College, which is a completely different experience than both home and boarding school. I am now living in a warm climate, which I have always wanted. I think the heat and constant sunshine makes people be in a better mood unlike the depressing, cold, dark winters where I live. The campus is close to everything, Disney, Universal, grocery stores, Orlando, the beach, everything imaginable. This has changed my perception on life, and how accessible things can be depending on where you live. Before I always thought it was normal to have to drive fifteen minutes just to go to the grocery store, never mind Disney World. Here I have more freedom of what I want to do, unlike boarding school. I don’t feel trapped and I finally feel free and independent.
My perception on life has changes drastically throughout a past few years, however I think my perception changed for the better. I feel more exposed to the world now and more independent. I’m now more open to do anything now that I am in college because I don’t feel trapped and robotic as I did for the past four years of my life.