Written By: Veronica (Student, Kenya)

September 29, 2015

Adjusting is a way of life. We adjust in everything we do but immediately we think now we have adjusted, something comes up that will make us adjust again. I have been in the USA for more than ten years and all that time I have been trying to adjust. My recent adjustment as a new student at the Intensive American English Institute. I felt that my English was not good enough and I wanted to brush it up and perfect it. One day I saw a school on the internet that teaches English. I was so excited to apply. I got the admission and joined May the 9th, 2016.

I will never forget my first day of school! I was nervous meeting with different people who were not of my age. Some were as young as my daughter! I started worrying how I would get along with them. The first four weeks I was busy learning about each person and what they like, where they come from, and their religion. I realized that the Intensive American English Institute is formed of many religions like Christians, Muslims, Hindus etc. I realized that these people live in harmony with each other. I loved it and started to make friends and have fun with all of them.

Weeks five through ten were my favorite part of the semester. The teachers are lovely and warm. As they teach they come down to your level and try to help you.

I thought I had adjusted and I had loved it so much. Then one day, in the middle of the night, I had a severe headache. I couldn’t sleep and I couldn’t walk. My eyes became blurry and stayed like that for three hours before I called 911. I was taken to the hospital, where doctors found a brain tumor.

I had to go through major surgery to have it removed. Now I am home healing. I miss school, my lovely teachers, fellow students, and enjoyable studies. I am adjusting to another way of life. I thought I had adjusted then but now I’m adjusting again.

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