College begins a new chapter in life for both students and families. Students get to see a life outside of Los Alamos and families adjust to missing a family member that is miles away.
Some young people have described the experience of leaving home as exciting, overwhelming, interesting and sad.
In contrast, families have said that having a part of their family leaving is sad, but also a proud experience because that person is moving on in life.
In the months of November and December, the weather gets colder, people’s bank accounts dwindle and the holidays arrive.
This time of year marks a season of giving, joy and guilt-free eating, but it’s also a time for families to be reunited.
Aidan Bradbury Aranda, a 2012 Los Alamos High School graduate, is attending the University of Southern California and is majoring in film.
Bradbury Aranda said that leaving New Mexico was “an interesting change because I was used to living in a smaller town and moving to the big city was exciting, but also a bit overwhelming.” He also said he missed the nature, the stars and green chile.
Even though he likes California, Bradbury Aranda said, “I like being home because I get to see my family again, as well as my friends, plus I prefer living in my house than in my dorm room.”