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Salomon 1
Rodrigo Salomon
Professor Ocegueda
English 1301 Online
12 Sept. 2012
Memoir Essay
Life-Changing Moments
Most, if not all, people have to make an important decision at some point during their lives. Some of these decisions have the capacity to change the course of a person’s life either for the better or the worse. One of the most important decisions I have ever made up to this point in my life was to decide whether or not I should study abroad for an entire year. Some of the many reasons that made this decision such an important and difficult decision to make were because; I was only 11 years old, the implications that came with living away from my family, and the once in a life time opportunity I was faced with.

I remember the day that my mom came to me and asked me whether or not I would like to go to school in Quebec, Canada for a whole school year. It was near the end of my 6th grade school year and I was asking myself how she could ask me that question with such ease. It was at that moment were it struck me that my older brothers had also gone to live abroad around the same age that I was at that moment. I was nervous because of the short notice I was given by my parents but also felt extremely excited and in a way felt like I was a more mature person from one moment to the next since I was given the responsibility to make a real decision for the first time in my life. I remember feeling that Salomon 2 it was my duty to say yes simply because this has been a small tradition in my family that started with my oldest sister.

One of the first things that popped into my mind after my mom had asked me that question was whom I was I going to stay with. My mom told me I only had a week to think about it since the registration deadline for the school was in about a month. That night I did a mind check to see if the negative implications of going away could somehow outweigh the positive experience overall. First of...
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