Inaugural Parade Horse Rider
To most kids, looking back to their first day of fourth grade does not seem so memorable, but for me it was one of the scariest days of my life.
Walking into a classroom full of energetic kids who have known each other all of their life, being the new girl was intimidating. The fact that I had a thick Russian accent did not give me the easiest passage into the society of the American kids.
I grew up in a small city near the Black Sea, Zeleznavodsk. The neighborhood was dirty and poor. The life of a Russian child growing up in Zeleznavodsk could not compare to the one that most American kids have. The toys were limited, the number of safe playgrounds was low, and team sports were not an option.
When I was nine years old, I came to America (through adoption). My life had changed overnight, and it was very overwhelming. As I continued to grow up, I realized the opportunities that were coming at me at a fast pace and I could hardly keep up. My parents were my mentors, and they pushed me to always do my best, and to never settle for anything less.
Seventh grade was the first time I visited the Culver Academies. I was very curious about the famous summer camps, and begged my mom to take me for an open house. We took a tour of the campus and the moment I stepped into the castle-style riding arena, my mouth fell to the ground.
The stable was full of over 100 beautiful black horses, and I had the opportunity to ride them all. At that moment, I realized that a few weeks in the summer at this magical place would not satisfy me. On that day, I made up my mind to attend the Culver Academies for high school.
I have dreamed of riding in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade since my seventh grade year, and this could not be more of a dream come true. As Barack Obama says “America is a land of big dreamers and big hopes”. I have always had big dreams that are finally coming true as I prepare to ride down Pennsylvania Avenue in one of the most memorable Inaugurations in history of the United States.
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