Inkspot

300 Words: A new world

1000 miles per hour. The rate at which Earth constantly rotates. One giant sphere in space, steadily orbiting one enormous ball of power.

Astronomers argue we are only moving in a circle, repeating our path.

Summer. Fall. Winter. Spring. Repeat.

Philosophers argue that with every new season comes new changes. New climates. New landforms. New experiences.

For a girl who moved 2617 miles from the only home she ever knew, the second theory appears more accurate.

A new school. A new language. A new culture.

These are all experiences that rushed to greet Ivannia Sandoval when she moved from her charming hometown of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala to the fields of Bloomington, Illinois three years ago.

Nerves and happiness flooded over Ivannia when she heard the news.

After all, it was a reunion.

Ivannia, living with her Auntie since age one, was to rejoin her parents.

Bloomington welcomed Ivannia with open arms. It presented challenging classes, teachers who spoke her language, and best yet – a reunited family.

But struggles existed.

Learning a new language isn’t easy. Ivannia will testify, “it was hard, it’s hard.” The fear of not being understood causes Ivannia to sink into herself.

Talking to classmates, however, who speak her language, has helped Ivannia to feel more at home and ease out her protective bubble.

Evie Snoeyink
Ivannia, 16 misses her “little family” she had in Guatemala, but she enjoys the diversity NCHS has to offer.

But there’s still the problem of Americans year-long hibernation inside of their homes.

Community. The word that describes Guatemalan culture.

“We were each other,” said Ivannia.

The mountains of her homeland greeted Ivannia when she flew her kite just as neighbors greeted their community.

People were “outside doing something.”

Here. We remain confined within the four walls of our homes.

But after all, it was a reunion.

Ivannia may now be like other Americans – inside.

But now she is inside with family, with real community.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






About the Contributor
Evie Snoeyink, Associate Editor

Evie Snoeyink is a junior at Normal Community High School and is involved in Student Council. This is her second year working with the Inkspot, and she is the Editor in Chief. On the weekends I enjoy playing basketball with friends and watching movies. I am interested in learning about different cultures and beliefs. My guilty pleasure is watching the Twilight movies.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • 300 Words: A new world

    300 Words

    300 Words: Escape

  • 300 Words: A new world

    300 Words

    300 Words: The game of chill-seekers

  • 300 Words: A new world

    300 Words

    300 Words: An average student

  • 300 Words: A new world

    300 Words

    300 Words: A figure skater

  • 300 Words: A new world

    300 Words

    300 Words: Hands

  • 300 Words: A new world

    300 Words

    300 Words: Boy with the guitar

  • 300 Words: A new world

    300 Words

    300 Words: New kid on the block

  • 300 Words: A new world

    Fall Sports

    By the Numbers: vs. Peoria High

  • 300 Words: A new world

    Features

    Larger population as positive for students?

  • 300 Words: A new world

    Fall Sports

    Setting the Court: Varsity volleyball players explain their positions

Normal Community's student news
300 Words: A new world