Some kids worry about going off to college. They are afraid they might not make friends or they may miss sleeping in their own bed everyday. It is a huge adjustment all college students have to make. James Vernon not only made this transition at by come to Elizabethtown College. Her has been making this transition all of his life
Around the World
James was born in Meyrin, Switzerland. His father worked for the United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). With this kind of work, James’s family had to travel all around the world. James spent the majority of his life in Switzerland, but at the age of five he had to move away to France. He would find himself moving back to France and moving away again at the age of 17.
James never got the chance to have a normal childhood. He moved away from all his friends and all the relations he had made as a kid. Soon enough he would have to make that transition 4 more time. James also found himself in country’s such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Every time he would settle down he would have to get right back up again. Up until three years ago, he had only lived abroad.
Some kids would end up finding themselves into trouble with the same situations that James went through. James said these issues he had to deal with made him a stronger person and made him really recognize the world around him. James said that, “Growing up in many different countries has given me an appreciation and a deeper understanding for many different cultures.”
My town growing up did not have a high school. After spending nine years of my life in one school, I had to now start high school in a new school with kids I didn’t know. It was a very terrifying experience. I was afraid of not fitting and being looked at as a uncool. James went through this type of situation three different times.
Having to go to so many different schools was the worst thing about moving around James says. He says that, “This was a nuisance and something that I hated about moving around.” He was forced to repeat a year of school because of a certain move. Although these changes were difficult, he would not have changed a thing.
James reflected on his life while sitting on stage after graduating high school from Sanford School in Delaware. He said that, “I realized that I would not have changed it because while I did go to three different schools. I have learned to open up more to new people and to be more outgoing.”
Life at Elizabethtown
Even with all these transitions, James says his move to Etown has been the easiest. His father is an alumni of Etown and choosing to attend here was easy. The school is not far from his house so he is never too far from home. When asked about living on his own, he said that, “Living here on my own at first was a pretty different but it has gotten easier.” He says he has lived on his own before but this is the longest he has gone without living with his parents.
After all of these transitions, James has finally found himself a home at Etown. James is looking forward to the end of the semester and to wherever his travels will take him next.