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
(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
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.