My childhood was fairly typical and enjoyable. I had a number of friends, my grades were slightly above average, and I played a few sports. After my first year of middle school I had to move from the Midwest down South. The first few years were a bit tough; its not really possible to just butt into a clique, so I was left mostly friendless outside of a few people I would talk with during lunch. The one thing I had going for myself was that I was determined. Just before starting high school I decided to plan my course of action for every year and how to get where I wanted to go. The first year went well, so that summer I decided to take a class to get ahead in math. But, sophomore year I lost all determination outside of testing into the "gifted" program. My one and only friend whom I had made the year prior moved away. After that, I decided to just coast on momentum and min-max my classes by only putting effort into the classes I actually cared about. Somehow I managed to make Honor Roll before graduating. I also managed to get accepted into a moderately prestigious university with a generous scholarship. My first semester went well, I suppose. Second semester, COVID hit and I had to return home and continue classes online.
I'm not really sure where that leaves me. I just don't see a future for myself staying in the US. Quite frankly, things have only gotten worse the older I've gotten. 9/11, the PATRIOT Act, wars overseas, the housing bubble, the '08 financial crash, mass shootings year after year, and now there's a pandemic and depression. Not to mention the declining quality of life: stagnant wages, over-saturated job market, crumbling infrastructure, bipartisan deregulation, outsourcing, no real social welfare, and increasing political instability.
Unless some miracle happens, I don't plan on staying here much longer and not in the glib, "if so and so becomes president, I'm moving to Canada," sort of way, either. The trouble most people face in terms of emigrating or trying to achieve permanent resident status isn't really a concern for me; I have Italian heritage so I should be able to use Jus Sanguinis to attain full Italian citizenship. Once that's through, I'll probably choose to continue my education somewhere in Europe where the cost of tuition is negligible compared to the United States. Beyond that, though, I'm not so sure where fate will lead me.
With my admittedly limited life experience, if I had any advice to givePost too long. Click here to view the full text.