Managing life’s inevitable changes

March 26, 2024

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Vlad Ciubotaru appreciates the importance of support as he moved to England

My Mum and Gran became my rocks when my parents split a decade ago. They’ve been my anchor, guiding me through major life changes, like the move from Romania to London eight years ago. Back then, I didn’t know any English, and to be honest, being in a new country without the language isn’t easy.

When my parents divorced, Gran stepped up, becoming my source of strength. Fast forward to London, and the struggle increased with a new culture, new friends and school.

Even with a lot of support at home, I still got frustrated and lonely in the first months as it took time for me to learn how to communicate in English and make friends.

I’m not just thankful for Mum and Gran’s love, I’m grateful for the life lessons they taught me. They proved that change, no matter how intimidating, can lead to personal growth and new adventures.

Adjusting to life in a new country, gaming was a surprising ally for me

They kept me engaged and looked after me. Navigating the initial years in London has shaped me into someone who feels capable of handling life’s challenges. I’m mindful that I used my introspection and self-reliance to work out ways to survive difficult situations.

Adjusting to life in a new country, gaming was a surprising ally for me. The gaming community became a bridge to connection and understanding. Through online multiplayer games, I found a diverse group of friends who share a common love for gaming, transcending geographical barriers.

I mainly play story-based games including Call of Duty, Gta5, Life is Strange and Destiny 2. By playing these games I was able to improve my English-speaking skills in a way that more traditional methods couldn’t help. These innovative games also contributed to developing my creativity which helps me in my film and media studies course today.

Vlad is studying creative media production at Barnet and Southgate College. He would like to continue his work in media production at university. Vlad professes to be an introvert who loves playing video games.

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