Larissa Schot

I must say living and growing up in Singapore (SG) was fantastic. But when it came to friends, it’s quite interesting. A lot of students living in SG were always moving around. A large number of people either lived there since they were children or only lived there for a few years, if not less. Having new people come in and out of high school was typical. It would suck for those you grew close to all of a sudden transfer to a different location the next year. Once I moved out of Texas at 15, I never had the same group of friends. I actually don’t really have any friends in Houston that I grew up with anymore. Most of the friends I have back home are family. My little sister and my 3 older guy cousins who are basically like my older brothers (which can get frustrating at times as you can imagine). They would invite me to all their weekend activities since I was 18. Because of that, I’ve always been surrounded by people who were 8+ years older than me.

All my friends that I grew up with, in Singapore, live in many different places around the world. Since everyone always moved, it helped me appreciate the friendships I created while I was in high school. I am friends with basically everyone and try to keep in touch with them on a regular. THANK GOODNESS FOR FACETIME, IMESSAGE and for those who dont have Iphone.. omg. WHATSAPP. Having long-distance friends helps you learn how to stay in touch with everyone and make it easier to meet more people. While traveling, I will most likely have a friend or an acquaintance wherever I’m going (which is quite lovely). A couple of my close friends that I grew up with live in NYC, LA, London, Australia, and Bosten. So when I moved to New York and LA, it made it so much easier for me to make new friends and adapt. Since I’ve always kept in touch with my friends no matter where I am in the world, we will forever remain friends.

All my friends that I grew up with, in Singapore, live in many different places around the world. Since everyone always moved, it helped me appreciate the friendships I created while I was in high school. I am friends with basically everyone and try to keep in touch with them on a regular. THANK GOODNESS FOR FACETIME, IMESSAGE and for those who dont have Iphone.. omg. WHATSAPP. Having long-distance friends helps you learn how to stay in touch with everyone and make it easier to meet more people. While traveling, I will most likely have a friend or an acquaintance wherever I’m going (which is quite lovely). A couple of my close friends that I grew up with live in NYC, LA, London, Australia, and Bosten. So when I moved to New York and LA, it made it so much easier for me to make new friends and adapt. Since I’ve always kept in touch with my friends no matter where I am in the world, we will forever remain friends.

I keep relationships and people in my life that I love and care for. Although it is fun to have friends spread out all over the world, it is hard when I return to Houston. Since I left in high school, I was unable to create a close bond with those who lived here their whole lives. They continued to develop friendships with those in their high school as I did in mine. Therefore when I return, I don’t have a “high school gang” as many people here do. I have my family and the people I meet through them. It does suck because I am unable to have friends that I continually grow with and can return to in one place. But I will say it has made me cherish the ones I do love and any other new amazing souls I meet.

As much as I moved around, it has also taught me to communicate in order to keep in touch, and honestly appreciate the people I encounter. Even though I don’t see them all the time I know anytime we are together, it will be like nothing ever changed.

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