An important moment in my life that shaped whom I am today

Instructions:

Please upload the draft to your narrative essay here. It should be an essay about an event you witnessed or experienced that caused you to learn something. I will not be too prescriptive with the format considering this is a rough draft, so do your best work to insure I can assess some of your instructional needs. This is due by midnight Saturday.

While life experiences shape individuals, who could assume that it is heavily related to the location and community that the person lives in? I never imagined I would learn as much by moving to the USA because it seemed to me as a temporary trip.  I always had a dream to be in that high airplane that propagated the powerful sounds every time it flew over my city Kuwait, I came one day to believe that such dream became true and the small airplane that I always observed at night is a gigantic transporter that will carry my family and I overseas. “Finally, the day is tomorrow, are all your belongings ready”? This words from my father caught me off-guard, without a better answer, I just shouted a loud “Yes,” after all, I knew that I had fully packed most of my possessions and only a few pieces of stuff were remaining. However, the core of those belongings was my soul and personality that transformed after coming to the United States that made me the person I am today.

Changing from one cultural setup to another is always a challenging experience for most individuals that relocate from their motherland to a new country. I am a perfect example of such individuals who faced mixed feelings about leaving Kuwait and settling in the United States with my family. At one side, I was very excited to become a part of the prominent American culture that I used to watch in the movies, but on the other hand, I felt reluctant upon pondering that I had to lose my childhood friends and colleagues that I grew with.

Later, my first days in the college started and they were very challenging. At one moment, I wanted to talk to some passing students, but I had no confidence whether I will do it in the right manner because my of my accent and average grammar skills. My main challenges that I faced here were mainly the norms and rules of the society. Social life was a big part of it too. In Kuwait, I used to live in a big family with lots of friends and cousins. However, here I felt lonely initially and then I started a new life and started meeting new people from different nationalities, which opened my horizons further and made me appreciate the diversity.

Nonetheless, all these challenges made me the person I am now. I believe that the first two years in America shaped my personality. I became more independent and had to start driving, rely entirely on myself, and pursue my educational goal in business management. In addition, socializing was not a problem anymore. There, I felt I gained self-esteem and power to go forward and progress in my life as the new person that incorporate both Kuwaiti and American cultural values on a daily basis.