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Prom's journey ends

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Prom's journey ends

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Prom's journey ends

Ahh... I wonder how long have I been here in the US as I grab my pen and start my World History exam. Wow, I have been here for over a year now "how did I do that?" was the first question that came to my mind.

It was not easy to come to the foreign land and survive all of the changes and a culture that is so different. But one thing that I would never expect is that it would be so hard to say good-bye to all this. I and many other exchange students who survived the first three-months would probably say the same thing.

Our minds change and grow. The only thing that we can do is to just continue working and continuing down our path and hope for the best. Right now what I saw was on my desk was a ticket to my home, Thailand. As I expected, it was hard to say good-bye to my friends. They gave me a beach party. We had so much fun but it was also sad. After the party, we all went to a restaurant and had our last meal together. I came back and packed all of my things ready for the flight the next day.

I left my host family house around three in the next morning and before I knew it, I had already said good-bye to them and I was on the plane heading to Thailand.

As sad as I was, I could not be more excited about school. Since the school year in the U.S. is different from Thailand’s, as soon as the plane landed the next day I would be in my first day at my Thai school. No time for sorrow. Now I needed to prepare for changes all over again. Strange, when you think about it, but I needed to change back to my own culture. But time never waits for you. The plane landed and I was in the school the next day.

It is like a deja vu when I think about it. Everybody was surprised when I walked into the room. They were quiet and, for some reason, they stared at me. I smiled and sat down. As soon as I did, my friends came to me and greeted me.

While I was in the US, I lost over 20 pounds of weight, grew 10 centimeters, had long hair, started listening to music, and began wearing glasses. I had changed both outside and inside. My friends for sure had almost forgotten who I was. I was a blank paper in their eyes. As you might expect, I picked up colours and painted that paper to best represent me.

Now, I am in 11th grade. I have a lot of friends and am studying very hard for college. Throughout my time back in Thailand, I have joined debate team, competed in many speech contests, won a couple trophies, found my passion (helping the environment), and have written this series of articles. I had no idea I would do all of this. I do not know what the future will be nor do I stick with the past. I have only looked forward and hope my future is bright. That is Prom in a nutshell.

Now, I wonder what my next chapter will be. ... Nah, don't worry it's going to be a great chapter for sure.

HIGHLIGHTED WORDS

culture (noun)

: the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม

debate (noun)

: a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject - การอภิปราย, การโต้วาที, การถกเถียง

grab (noun)

: to take or hold somebody/something with your hand suddenly, firmly or roughly - จับ,ฉวย,คว้า,แย่ง

passion (noun)

: a strong enthusiasm or interest - ความชื่นชม หลงใหล 

sorrow (noun)

: great sadness - ความโศกสลด

stick with (noun)

: to refuse to change your mind about something even when other people are trying to persuade you that you are wrong - ยึดมั่น

survive (noun)

: to manage to deal with something difficult or unpleasant, in this case, to continue in the same job despite many problems - รอดไปได้

chapter (noun)

: a separate section of a book, a long article, etc., usually with a number or title - บท (ของหนังสือหรืองานเขียน)

exchange student (noun)

: a programme in which students from a secondary school or university study abroad at one of their institution's partner institutions

deja vu (noun)

: the feeling that you have previously experienced something which is happening to you now - รู้สึกว่าตนเองเคยอยู่ในที่นั้นทั้งๆที่ไม่เคยอยู่

in a nutshell (idiom)

: in a very clear way, using few words อย่างสั้นๆ, อย่างย่อๆ