I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and came to Canada at 7 years old. The first 13 years were tough for me to adjust and I didn’t know why until an older family friend listened to my story and said that I was suffering from culture shock. This was a complete mind opener and after having thought about it deeply I realized this was a real phenomenon that I had experienced. Life in the new country has improved since I was a minor and I am now thankful for the rich Jamaican/Canadian heritage that has been rendered to me in the new land. I give my mother the credit for her vision + courage to start over in a new country –she had the foresight to push our family forward and as a result my brother and I have brighter futures. Thanks mom!