A SORT OF MAZE- FINAL DRAFT - HATICE OGDEN ENG 111 01/28/11...

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HATICE OGDEN ENG 111 01/28/11 RECALLING AN EXPERIENCE FINAL DRAFT A SORT OF MAZE It was a rainy morning. I was heading from Istanbul, my hometown, on a plane to New York City. The guys sitting next to me were giving me tips on how to release the air pressure in your ears while the airplane landed. It’s this pressure that makes you nervous. The pressure clogs your ears so well that you can be deaf of what other people say; you may see, but it will mean nothing. Belts started to unbuckle and the distinctive voice of the pilot brought an air of casualness into the cabin. Using that perfectly American accent of his, the pilot permitted the passengers to leave the plane, and acknowledged that we were early, too early in fact. Being early is usually a good thing in life, however this situation was about to cause me several obstacles. It also, however, gave me the confidence to realize my abilities and be more prepared for future situations. It was my first time landing in America; my first time flying on a plane for that matter. I had so many curiosities and expectations about what it would be like to arrive in this new place, and of course I was excited. I had no idea that one of my toughest experiences so far in this country would be simply to get out of the airport. When I got off the plane and collected my luggage, I realized just how many useless things I had packed and would now have to lug around with me. What a burden the luggage becomes when you only have two hands to drag it. One of the guys I met on the plane walked with me- he told me his name was Ahmet. The minute I stepped into the airport, I was greeted by
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