Four States in 12 Years
This Kid Reporter learns from where she lives.
Living in a lot of different places can change you. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of experience in this area. In my 12 years of life, I have lived in New York, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; and as of this summer, Cleveland, Ohio.
Each city has given me so much: new expectations, new ideas, and new challenges.
My first memories are of New York City—the Big Apple. The people in New York are amazing. Everyone has a thick skin. The streets seem to crackle with energy.
New Yorkers are not afraid to tell you what they think. No one can keep their opinions to themselves. I learned a lot in school with rowdy classroom debates and students unafraid to ask questions. People in New York respect you for sharing your opinions.
When I moved to Detroit, Michigan, the first thing I noticed is the population’s diversity. So many different people all living together happy and proud of it. Once I got past being shy, I made a lot of friends. Being weird in your own way is something to be proud of in Detroit.
In Denver I was surprised yet again. Everyone there is so active. People in Denver participate in year around sports in almost every league. They ride bikes to school no matter what the weather. Whole families walk and bike together.
Skiing is also a favorite sport, although I never learned. I was the most fit I’ve ever been in my life—and some of the most fun, too.
When life brought me to Cleveland, Ohio this summer, I didn’t know what to expect. I’m still not entirely sure, but I’m going to find out. And just like everywhere else I’ve been, it will leave its mark on me—probably for the better.
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Kayla Gough. (Photo Courtesy Kayla Gough)