Are you English? American? Scottish? I’ve heard it all. If I’m ever lucky enough to meet any of you lovely readers, you’ll probably be confused by the typical ‘Third Culture Kid’ accent I’ve acquired over the years – a predominantly English/American/Scottish/International mix. In fact, someone recently said to me “You know Millie, every time you talk it’s just not the accent that I think is going to come out of you”… charming, maybe I should shut my mouth next time?
I was born in Norwich, raised in Aberdeen, and I lived in Singapore for 7 years. My teachers were British, American, Australian, you name it, and my friends come from places stretched all over the world.
I’m what the textbooks like to call a ‘Third Culture Kid’, a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parent’s home culture. A transient individual. I’m from everywhere, and yet nowhere in particular.
So… where am I going with all of this? Yes first year was an experience, we all remember it, but if you’re like me and had to add ‘moving halfway across the world’ into the mix, then I’m here to tell you that you’re going to be just fine! From one TCK to another, you’re not alone, and I’ve got some advice to make your transition just a little bit easier…