SEAFOOD CITY, HEAR YOU ME MY FRIENDS LOL
This is a long post but I hope you guys have time to read the whole thing.
Hi guys. It’s been a long time, or at least it feels like it. I left about a month and a half ago and to me it feels like I’ve been gone for a year. I know with most of you I haven’t been keeping very good contact and I’m sorry about that. Coming here and settling down has offered little rest between enrolling for school and getting to somewhere stable where we could live were big challenges at first. Right now I’m at my grandma’s house in Novaliches, which is about a 2 hour drive from where the university is (depending on traffic). Anyways we go here on the weekends usually and I thought I’d drop you guys a line.
For the first two weeks I was here, I asked myself one question, “What the hell was I thinking?” I was so homesick, I didn’t care about college, or Taekwondo, or my future, I just wanted to go back home, right then and there. I was pretty low mentally and come to think of it I don’t think I’ve been more miserable in my whole life. I missed my family and all of you guys so much, I just hated it. Slowly though I began to adjust. I met more people and began to get used to the way things were. In the end, I just had to accept that this is the way that things were going to be for while, and I wouldn’t be able to carry on in a low mental state for very long—so I thought to myself it really was time for me to grow up and become my own man.
Some of you guys have already started college, and some of us are moving soon so we can go to college, in the end though I’ve learned a lot about what growing up really means by being here. Every day I’m here, I’m free to do as I choose. I’m in charge of my money and how I spend my time. The choice is mine—and that’s really what growing up is, being able to make your own good decisions for your own good. In fact is some cases, it’s just important that you make a choice, most of these choices aren’t life and death, it’s nothing like that usually. You can go left, or you can go right, just make a decision, it’s better than sitting there.
School has started for me. And school here is quite different but for some reason I felt comfortable in the classroom again. All of my profs (everyone abbreviates things like this here, this is short for professor, do they do that back home?) are really nice so far. I am Catholic, but I’ve never gone to a Catholic school before so praying before classes is kinda new. Anyways, it’s really only been two days that I’ve had school and it’s kinda the same as Northgate on the first day. You get your syllabus and you’re told what the class will cover. What’s interesting though is in most of my classes I give my prof my cell phone number and then I join a facebook group for the class. Even the prof is part of the group. Do they do that in the states too? This is incredibly new to me because at NG something like that is unheard of. Anyways my first two days were pretty kool, most of my classes are in the same building but the elevators are really crowded, even though there’re four of them.
I’ve met a lot of people over the last few days. I’ve met some people from korea. I met someone from china. I met someone from guam. I met some people who are from the states like me. And of course I’ve met people who were born and raised here. Slowly I’ve begun to mold into a group and we’ve been hanging out some these last few days. Some speak English really well, and others are still working on it. They’re all really nice guys and they’ve been really nice to me. With that said though, and while I know it’s not a bad thing that I’m making new friends, I want to make one thing clear: you guys at home will never be replaced. The memories and moments we had, the laughter and all the time together spent, that’s still fresh in my head and I miss being around you guys. Those memories, those are yours and mine and no one can take those away. What I tell my family is, It’s not that I’m getting used to being without you guys, I’m just trying to adjust to my new environment. I know that when I visit home, I can see the same family that seafood city always was to me during high school. The same friends who were always there for me. I hope that you guys have found some time since I’ve been gone to go see each other and hang out.
I’ve learned so much in the short time that I’ve been here. My friends, the world is a beautiful place, it may not look like it at times but there are so many good people out there and so many wonderful things to experience and I’m truly blessed to have been given this opportunity, the only thing is: I wish you were all here with me. While college begins at different times for all of us, remember to always keep in touch and whenever you guys have a chance to see each other, to go see each other. I’ll try to post more often and hopefully be able to post more pictures, tumblr doesn’t seem to allow me to that here because the internet is not as good to say the least. Good luck out there guys, wherever it may be. Don’t be afraid of what comes next, be excited and optimistic. And while we may be going different directions, use the magic of facebook, skype, twitter, and tumblr, to let us know and to remind us that we’re not so far away and in a way we’re all still together—sinking into sweet uncertainty.