Compose your own reflective article on your own experiences of belonging / not belonging. Try and include language techniques in your composition and let your voice really shine through.
England to Australia. To some it is a twenty-two hour plane journey; to some it’s completely different climate; to some it’s a new culture and lifestyle. To me it is all three. I’m not deluded. It is hardly a radical change of culture, such as that that would be associated with moving from Britain to India, Africa, Thailand or Brazil, but as a twelve year old, it came as a shock. Within a week of starting school I found myself alongside several blonde haired surf-cultivated twelve year olds on a year seven camp. I sported an adidas shirt and tracksuit pants, commonplace back in my hometown. The others did not. I was asked if I was planning on playing a soccer match soon, as they regarded my Nike Astroturf trainers. I felt a little like a square peg in a round hole - pardon the cliché. Although insignificant in some ways, these differences in popular culture make the difference between settling at in a new environment, and not. I’m not the first, nor the last person to have trouble adapting after having moved locations. But I had moved before, to other parts of England, and previously had no trouble adapting and fitting in. Look back on any times that you have successfully adapted to a new environment: a new school, club, class, location or friend group. Now compare it with the times that you were less successful. What is the difference, really? For me, the school was English speaking and had a relatively friendly feel to it at first assessment, so no problem there. Hell, my sister even moved with me at the same time and loved the place! I found myself questioning myself and longing to return to England. But what was my reason for not fitting in. Why? At this point, writing this piece, I hit a roadblock. I did not know why. I could find nothing that had changed during my...
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