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  • I was born on June 2, 1996 in Los Angeles, California and I lived with my parents and my older sister. My family and I had to travel numerous times around Los Angeles due to financial reasons. I attended four different elementary schools in Los Angeles alone and when I finished third grade, my family decided to leave California and move to the east. I knew I would miss California, but I didn't disagree about leaving because what child wouldn't be curious of what lays beyond the borders of California? For about five months after leaving California, I had visited Arizona, New Mexico, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and my family finally settled in North Carolina, where I started fourth grade mid-year (The photo was taken in Indiana on the Fourth of July). Thankfully I didn't get held back for missing school for a couple months and I didn't regret it because I liked all the sightseeing I did. Although I don't remember most of the journey anymore, I do remember glimpses of the fun things I did with my family. Lots of photos from my past got lost from all the traveling, but they weren't important as long as I can remember the enjoyable things I did. I remember my parents would tell me hundreds of stories of their past while we were on the road. My sister and I would make up strange games to play in the car to pass time. I can't say I haven't had a time when I wished to go back to California, but my parents did promise that we would visit sometime when we get settled.
    However, even in North Carolina I had to travel to different parts of town. I got to finish my last two years of elementary school in the same school; that is the first time I've been in the same school for over a year. I moved about four more times by the time I graduated high school. I ended up attending a total of five different elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. I didn't like leaving my old friends each time I moved, but I did enjoy making new friends. Even if it was for financial reasons, I feel glad that I got to go to so many different places and see many different things. I don't doubt that I will end up moving again sometime in the future and when I do, I wonder what sort of memories I will make there.
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