Have you ever wished you could

Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once? I feel that I am in two places at once because I grew up in the small town of Prescott, Arizona, and I currently live in the dorms at the University of Arizona. There are varied cultural characteristics between Prescott and the U of A, such as personality types, living styles, geographical surroundings, and safety. Three main factors that contrast the diversity of these two places are the closeness between friends, the quiet town vs. the noisy rush of the U of A, and the difference in personal responsibilities. Being immersed in both cultures has brought me an instant appreciation for their distinctions. Although both cultures are different from one another in significant ways, there would be no way to choose just one.

Once I have adapted to one culture, and then accepted another, I was able to compare the values of each culture separately. What I treasure most about my life in Prescott are the close relationships that I’ve grown up with most of my life. My family, best friend and long-term boyfriend all keep my relationship with Prescott incredibly close. Though these relationships have been formed slowly over many years, living on-campus brings new, intense levels of friendship. Close relationships develop in a shorter period of time at college due to a lack of privacy and spending literally twenty four hours with some people. In the dorms, in class, and around campus, I am never alone. My U of A dorm mates and other new friends are growing together because we are going through the same experiences together, and this makes a month here seems like the equivalence of three months in Prescott. Though time changes this aspect, both types of relationships are valuable and precious.

Just like the types of friendships, the entire ambience is different. Prescott is a town that maintains absolute serenity and peacefulness, and the Tucson campus maintains an on-the-go lifestyle, even though the populations of both places are about the same. This comparison makes people realize how small Prescott is, or how large the University of Arizona is. Remaining in the hustle-and-bustle during the week is an ideal lifestyle for me, but the tranquility on the weekends is what gets me away from the pressures and chaos of campus life. Together, they are equally rewarding in terms of what makes me truly blissful.

This ambience is what shapes my lifestyle. Many personal lifestyles at the University of Arizona differ from mine, especially the parties, and drinking on the weekends. This makes it effortless to go back home to Prescott and know that I’m not missing out on anything if I stayed in Prescott. This is where my close friends that I grew up with in Prescott become so crucial in my life. My friends can fully relate to my traditional weekends, that no one seems to understand at the University. Spending time with people I know more than anyone else in the world, who share the same interests as me and have made me entirely appreciate what I have in Prescott. Choosing friends based on similar personality types are hard to find, and these friends are worth keeping wherever they may be found; walking in two different shoes has made me know where my true friends really are.

Another aspect that I didn’t think much about until I was immersed into the culture at the University of Arizona is the difference between responsibilities. Though it may not be realized, the little things that are taken for granted, becomes understood when you are now responsible for it. Even miniscule things such as cleaning the room, doing the laundry, getting enough sleep, and not skipping classes seems to be self-explanatory; but they can be easily dismissed in college because no reminders are given. I believe this is where students fall into bad habits and if you don’t choose your friends wisely, there are negative forms of guidance all around. Some realize what they need to do on their own, and some obviously need the guidance that their parents gave them, and if they are choosing the wrong type of friends, they will be leading an unwanted future lifestyle.

Until people are given the opportunity to prove what their parents taught them is going to good use, they can’t understand the meaning of responsibility. Sometimes as a freshman, away from home for the first time, it is extremely hard to keep motivated. This is especially evident when you know that there aren’t any consequences from your guardians. One thing I’ve realized is how self-determined you need to be in college to be successful, and the only one who will pay the cost is you. As un-useful as it may sound, you need to apply everything that you have been taught by your family and other good influences when you become a college student, because it is so easy fall under. Being away from home makes the pieces come together that you would never see unless you are in a position where you are accountable for yourself. Growing up in a small town, and being immersed into a new, large culture has been one of the best things I could ever ask for in terms of not just education, but knowledge of life. Feelings of great fortune and thankfulness are the only words I feel are appropriate when I speak about my astonishing family life and the ability for them to let me comprehend and experience what I needed to become whole.

When I think of what my ‘culture’ is, I feel that it’s appropriate to say that my family traditions, close relationships, and all around way of life are found in Prescott, but Tucson was the missing part of my life. I now know that I live in two contradictory worlds. Both amaze, and surprise me in ways that I wouldn’t know were possible without being able to experience both perspectives. I will never regret any of the experiences that I’ve had in Prescott, or Tucson, and I will keep on continuing to grow as not only a young adult, but as a person, because of living in these two places at once.

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