es hora de estudio no irás a surfear ni a ningún otro lado hasta que la hora de estudio haya terminado.
Translation: it is study hour. you won't be going surfing or anywhere else until study hour is over.
Yes, those are my parents telling me that I couldn’t go surfing with my friends one day because it was ‘study hour’. Study hour with them was time for me to study and do homework for school. It didn’t usually last for one hour. It was generally three to four hours that I would have to dedicate my time to studying. It sucked at times, but eventually I had gotten used to it. Especially since my parents had a strict schedule for me with everything else I did. Strict schedule and rules. I couldn’t eat cereal unless it was breakfast time. I couldn’t go out with my friends past 6 pm. Surfing was one of my favorite things to do since I was a little kid. On weekends, my father used to take me out to surfing the waves a lot and was what made us bond. But despite that, he was very strict with the rules. He and my mother both.
My parents didn’t come from much growing up. It was probably one reason why they bonded overtime, fell in love, gotten married and had me. Tomás Varela. Their only son. Their only child. My mother had tried for other children, but she had problems with her eggs where she wasn’t very fertile, so I was generally just a lucky baby, or a miracle as they called me. My parents did well for themselves. My mom was a school teacher and my father was a police officer. But they didn’t want me to start my life off the wrong foot and struggle like they did growing up as children. They basically did not want me becoming their parents. So with that, they put a lot of pressure on me.
I am a very disciplined person now because of them. I’m neat, I’m considerate, I’m quiet when I need to be quiet. I know right from wrong and would feel immensely horrible if I did the wrong thing. It’s all because my parents raised me that way. They taught me to not do drugs and how it’ll ruin you. To not do crime and to stay in school and not slack off. So that’s what I did. I stayed away from anything bad. I didn’t do any kind of crime, though since my father was an officer, there was no way I would do that anyway. And I put my focus on my studies.
Realmente sabes mucho sobre la estructura atómica. ¡Eres muy bueno en química, Tomás! ¡Bravo!
Translation: You really know a lot about the Atomic Structure. You are really good at Chemistry, Tomás! Bravo!
That was my teacher when she applauded me on getting an A+ on my Chemistry test. I was the only person in the class to be able to get an A on the test. A lot of my friends said the test was really hard, but I didn’t think it was hard at all. I studied a lot because well… I didn’t have much of a choice. But I also really love science. When I studied anything science, it was actually fun for me. I wasn’t dreading or anything when it comes to Science.
I love Science. A lot. I know not a lot of people seem to do, but I love it. I want to be some kind of scientist when I graduate college. I already knew Forensic Science was going to be my choice of major when I attend college. Attending college was not a choice. It was mandatory when it came to my parents’ saying in it. But I didn’t mind it because I actually wanted to go to college for myself. So I did focus a lot on my studies and stuff in high school. Especially with science.
There were times where I found myself getting distracted. I love girls, so they distract me a lot. I dated a lot in high school and each girl I did have a lot of feelings for. Eventually they would all dump me because they tell me I was too smothering or something like that. I don’t mean to be. I just like to treat women like princesses because that’s what they deserve. I’ve seen so many guys treat girls like dirt and they don’t deserve that at all. But sometimes the girls were distracting. But not distracting enough for me to slack off completely in school. I still made really great grades and friends. I didn’t spend much time with them as I would’ve liked because of my schedule, but I still had a great time in High School.
ashwick valley, california? ¿quieres ir a la universidad fuera del país? ¡¿estas loco?!
Translation: Ashwick Valley, California? You want to go to college out of the country?! Are you insane?!
I did. I did want to go to a University outside of Argentina… outside of South America in its whole. I have always been curious about what was it like living in America. Who hasn’t really? I wanted to go to California because it’s all you hear about with the celebrities and the popular cities and towns. Harding University was a college that peaked my interest. I was really into their science program. So, I worked with my counselor and managed to apply to the international student program they have there. Luckily, not only did I get in, but I got a international study scholarship as well they would pay for my tuition and my needs and will continue to do so if I keep my grades up.
My parents weren’t happy when they saw my acceptance letter. They had sheltered me for so long. Well, obviously ever since I was born. I was there only child and all of the sudden, I was going to be leaving out of the country to California. They were scared, nervous and I think even a little sad. My father was furious at first and told me that I could kiss Harding University and California good-bye but after a good night rest, they both reconsidered and told me that they’ve taught me all that there is to teach me. They were confident in the boy that they raised and knew that I would make the right decisions at Harding, so they finally gave me their blessing.
I graduated early in the Winter last semester. I had more than enough credits to earn my diploma, so that’s what I did. I decided to head on out to Harding University a semester early so that way I can take a couple of classes and get used to America and the new campus more now that I have extra time to do so. I have to admit… I’m very excited. I knew I wouldn’t have much trouble communicating with everyone because the English language was taught in school since I was a little child. Spanish will always be my first language, but English is a very close second. So, I am hoping that would give me an easier time to fit in with everyone on the campus.
I’m happy that I have freedom now. And will have my freedom for the next four years of my life. Who knows? Maybe I won’t go back to Argentina permanently. I’m sure I’ll visit my parents and my family there. But If I like Ashwick enough, I could stay here and build my own life without my parents telling my all of these rules. I’m glad to be able to make my own decisions now. I can finally start being myself and discovering the person who I really am. Also, I hear Harding University throws really great parties. I can’t wait to go to one soon.