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Meet Alayna Carlock: Third Culture Kids Columnist

Meet Alayna Carlock, clay’s Third Culture Kids Columnist! Currently residing in Cyprus with her parents and dog Shelby, Alayna is a seventeen-year-old senior going into her seventh and final year with TPS. As an avid writer, Alayna’s favorite classes she has taken with TPS include English 3: Literature Survey, English 4/5/6: British Literature, and Sociology. To close off her high school journey, she’ll be taking French 3, Advanced Composition, Astronomy, Physics, Precalculus, College U.S. History, and Worldviews Through Movies, Music, Art and Social Media with TPS. 

As a third culture kid herself, Alayna is excited to take on the Third Culture Kids Column, a new column for clay. Living overseas for a majority of her life is an opportunity she greatly cherishes and values and she looks forward to writing pieces with her knowledge and experiences that will help inform both non-third culture kids and third culture kids alike about the highs and lows of the lifestyle growing up in a culture different from one’s nationality or country. 

In her free time, Alayna can often be found writing, reading, traveling, or listening to music. The Greatest Showman soundtrack heavily affected her, inspiring her to learn the piano again – a decision she does not regret! She also enjoys playing the ukulele and has just begun to learn how to cross stitch as well. When asked if she relates to a character either from a book, movie, or history, she says she can relate to Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. They are both aspiring journalists who take their studies seriously, and share a love for reading, traveling, and junk food.

One of her favorite Bible verses is Galatians 1:10, which says “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” This verse resonates deeply with her as it reminds her who she needs to be seeking approval from. “Oftentimes, I fall into trying to please people around me and I forget that it’s pointless to be doing that when I’m living my life for Christ, not the world” she says. Some of her spiritual goals are to be fully present with God, to listen for His voice, and not be distracted by worldly things.

During her senior year, Alayna looks forward to growing her relationship with God and her friendships, and cannot wait for the opportunity to write for clay again!


  1. Hey Alayna, I don’t know if you remember me, but we were in the same math class for the 2nd semester of last year. Can’t wait to read your articles this year!

  2. Hey Alayna! Congrats on getting to be the columnist for the Third Culture Kids column! Can’t wait to see your work this coming year!

  3. I am looking forward to this column! I am a TCK as well, and I think it is important for us to find community in each other! 🙂