Ranch reflections – Tallahassee a long way from South Africa

Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a “Mustang Ahead” staff member’s reflections on starting both high school and college in new country.

Tanna Cochrane– Mustangs Ahead

Reflections icon (2)(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – When I moved to Florida from South Africa I faced many challenges. Some were easier to overcome than others.  I believe the most difficult challenge was moving to a new country at the age I did.

Being a freshman in a new school, as well as in a new country, was an overwhelming experience that took a while for me to get used to. Not knowing anyone, having an accent, and speaking a different form of English all played a role in making my first-year unsettling. However, as each year passed, I became more

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One view from the author’s home in South Africa.

comfortable and familiar with my surroundings.

Now I am a senior, four years have passed and I am beginning to get ready for yet another move to Tallahassee, Florida.

I feel it will be different this time since I am doing it away from my family. I know that this will be challenging at times because I won’t have them continuously encouraging me and giving me comforting advice.

After moving to a new country as a teenager, preparing for college has been much easier for me because I am not as nervous as others are about the changes it will bring.

I am ready to experience this important chapter in my life in Tallahassee and I am excited to be able to attend college in a new country.  I am grateful for all the opportunities I have been given and the opportunities that lie ahead.

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