It can be very challenging to move away from the country you grew up in. Recalling all those moments of laughter, excitement, and adventure can only make one more and more depressed. I was born in Port-Au -Prince, which is the capital of Haiti and raised in Gonaives. I spend most of my early childhood in Haiti. I only knew my native language, food, music, and history. I was only familiar with my native holidays and celebration. Therefore, the day my mother came to me and told me I had been awarded my resident card, and we had to move to America. My life changed forever.
In 2011, my parents and I came to America. The choice that my parents made had benefited my academic career. I have a better education here and schools in America helped me become a better 2learner. Education is an important part of one’s life. Without a
Arriving in a new country was exciting and discomforting. America is a wonderful place to live, which is full of adventure and challenges. I was attracted by the Western culture. Meanwhile, different languages also troubled me. Although I began to learn English in elementary school from ABC, my listening and oral abilities tend not to be adequate. I have to study hard to improve my English, so that I can understand what the people said.
The first and second year after moving from China to the United States, I was afraid to talk to strangers because my English was not quite well. I had to depend on my husband to deal with my personal business, such as making a doctor’s appointment, calling to the bank, or questioning the DMV officers. Douglass says, “being a slave for life began to bear heavily upon my heart” (62). Being a dependent and helpless adult is a shame for me. In addition, I did not have extra money to go to school to improve my English skills. Thus, I stayed home all the time to avoid the embarrassment that happened when I did not understand strangers’ conversation. Meanwhile, being silent at home leaded worries to my future. I realized that I had to improve my oral English to gain self-confidence. I spent time reading various articles on the internet, and I watched English dialogues’ videos on YouTube. As a non-English speaking immigrant living in the U.S., I challenged myself to overcome difficulties to integrate myself into a new
Many people move to America knowing little to no English making it very frustrating for them. When arriving to a different country, everything is different and there are so many things people need to adapt to. For
Since we teach students from diverse backgrounds, I hope to gain insight on the understanding of the general population regarding the various topics in medicine, which will enable me to not only to educate these students regarding any false information or gaps in information they may have, but also learn of the common misconceptions in our community, so that I may be able to effectively educate my patients and their families in the future. All in all, I look forward to investing my time and talents in the mini-med program that aims to provide medical education to the next generation of citizens in our
My American ExperienceAmerica is home to millions of people. I have lived my life in America my entire sixteen years on this world, and have cherished every second of it. Through these sixteen years, I have been able to establish my own thoughts and feelings on what the American experience is about to me. I may have my own opinions, though others may disagree with them. I cannot live the life of the millions of people living in America, nor can I explain the American experience on their behalf through their experiences. My own interpretation is a product all the experiences I have gone through growing up in America. As a child I was in the process of developing my own character and learning new things. I grew up with the impression that You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it. That is what America is all about the land of dreams and opportunity. If I wanted to become a doctor, I could become one. There s nothing stopping me from becoming president or anything else I want to be. But you don t become president like that. It takes hard work and determination to accomplish anything, hence the phrase if you put your mind to it. The path to success may not be an easy one, but only through hard work and education can it be obtained. Some say we are slaves to society forced to spend our worthless lives working nonstop. Perhaps one can make that case when referring to a country such as Russia, where the people work for the success of the country with a communist
With the start of medical school, studying basic sciences opened a door to the world enriched with years and years of research. With each passing semester, I gained more knowledge about the biochemical, physiological and anatomical aspects of medicine. The more knowledge I acquired, the more eager I became to apply what I had learnt into clinical practice. Those two years formed the foundation
Like Amy Tan and her mother, I also was not a natural-born citizen of the USA. I, too, had parents who had their own way of speaking and understanding the English language. Tan’s personal stories are very similar to mine; they remind me of my very own memories with my parents, who are both bright and intelligent individuals. I was my parents' translator for as long as I can remember. Amy Tan states that “like others, I have described it to people as 'broken' or 'fractured' English" (Tan, 181). Having to constantly be
49). In a clinical setting, medical information changes on a daily basis. Physicians serve as practitioners in the medical community. They provide key information to medical students, residents, as well as nursing staff that help with their growth and development. Simons, Morgan, and Davidson (2012) stated, “in order for physicians to practice medicine successfully and become learners for life, they need to know how to search and manage the medical information they discover within their patient-centered context.” As a practitioner, physicians understand that these skills are necessary in order for their medical students and other medical staff becomes experts in their chosen field.
Coming from a foreign country where english is a second language, I didn’t know how to communicate. How was I going understand the information in school? How will I create new friendships without speaking? All these questions plagued me. As I sat quietly everyday trying to avoid making a sound, hoping not to get called on to answer a question or speak out loud in the class, I was trying to make clear of what these people were saying. I realized that just sitting there and listening wouldn't help me better speak English; I had begun trying to speak english with my father so I can become more fluent. After months of dedication, I was understanding and speaking a language completely different to mine. That was by far the most difficult
Even though my parents provide the roof above my head and the food on my table, I would consider myself the unofficial head of the house. Being the only child and the sole English speaker in an immigrant family, I have had to guide my parents through practically everything. When
When my parents came to the United States of America it was difficult for them to get use to the norm of America. I was not born here either; I was born in Kenya and came to America at a very young age. Having friends that were born here in America and not understanding the culture differences we have. Most of my friends understand but it’s difficult for me to balance my religion, culture, and the education system as a minority here in American. I feel like I have to compete with people that were born here. My spoken words help me learn how to balance the social institution system. Back home in Oromia known as Ethiopia now the government is taking over the land that belongs to the Oromo people. Spoken words is a powerful tool that could make
When I came to America, the first thing I started was going to the place where I can learn English. It is very important for me to learn this language because I came from a country where people speak Arabic, and this is their official language. In America, people speak
My classmate’s discernment enticed me to study relentlessly with flashcards, books, and getting help from the school. So, my perseverance, and determination led me to speak fluent English within one year.