First Experience of Living Apart from My Family.
I entered a boarding school when I became 17 years old and my dormitory life had started since then. Since it was obligatory for all students to live in dormitory in my high school, every student, even who had lived right next to the high school, should have lived in the dormitory.
At the start, I think I was so excited and I felt free of living alone without my family. Because, from the time I applied for that high school which provides a boarding school system, it was my desire to experience living by myself, so I was very much pleased to be accepted to enter the high school and stay in the dormitory. Besides, all the high schools in my region were in the distance from my house and I thought that if I entered one of those high schools, there would be more possibility of being late to school.
I think it was like what I had imagined for the first few weeks. I lived with my friends who I didn't know before the lottery for choosing a room. And through this, I could know more friends from other classes. But at the same time, it made me so hard to adapt to the environment of a new room and new roommates at first. Different from middle school, in which I could make friends with whom I want to get along, there, I had to try to become close with everyone in the room and her friends , though I didn't like that friend or we didn't fit together. This was one of the hard things I experienced first in the boarding school.
After the period of enjoying time alone and getting along with new friends in high school, many bad parts of living in dormitory began to show up. First of all, I missed the free time in my private place after classes. I realized that I could feel more freedom when I am in my house with my family than being with my friends in the dormitory. Seriously, I missed the time having with my family, outside of the school and doing what I want without restrictions of school rules.
As time went by, the stuffy feeling had faded and I really began to adapt to my dormitory life. Although I couldn't meet my family and my old friends as much as I could before, I could get along with and depend on my new friends in high school. So that I made friendship which I think will go forever and we shared our worries and joys for 3 years.
I believe, through my experience of being alone apart from my family and my familiar place, I could learn many things I couldn't learned if I didn't enter the boarding school and one thing I learned is that every new thing that comes along is hard to accept first time, but we can adapt to it and make us enjoy this change after all.