By: Shyla Bryant


Many say home is where the heart is, and an apartment, house, or dorm room does not necessarily make a place a home. A home is a place where you can feel comfortable and safe. For me, a home is just an environment where you can be free and can be yourself. A home can be from actually living in a house to camping out in the mountains for a few days.

For example, a time when I was comfortable in an unusual environment that I looked at as a home, was when I went camping with a group of my classmates. Camping is not an environment for everyone, but I loved it. It was all nature, and full of fresh air. When I went camping, I was comfortable, because I didn’t have to worry about impressing anyone, by putting make up on or doing my hair. I was able to be myself and enjoy time with my friends.

Being able to camp out was like a breath of fresh air. Living in the outdoors, was a place where I could explore, hike, and run its beauty. The first night of camping was very relaxing as we all sat around the fire pit, making s’mores, and just having fun conversations. I remember the smell of the air was just so.

A place can also become a home with the people you surround yourself with. It doesn’t just have to be about how the place feels, but how the people around you are influencing you. While on my camping trip, I was surrounded with a group of people who were just as amazed as I was. They made me feel comfortable and showed many fun things you could do while on camping trip. My classmates felt as if the nature was their home and they gave off great positive energy.

Overall, a place does not necessarily have to be an apartment, house, or a dorm room to be a home. A home is any place where you are comfortable, and feel as if you can be yourself. A home is a place where you just feed off of positive energy and feel free. It does not matter whether your home is outside in nature or in an apartment, as long as your heart is there.