Peter J. Pellegrin Ph.d.
Fly to the other side of the ocean
I believe the hardest decision I made was the one in within I decided to come to America. Four years ago,
when I was still in high school in China, my parents asked me “Do you decide to go to another place,
maybe try a different study environment.” The overseas study program was prevalent at that time, and
that is the main reason I came to the US. The second reason I came, is because I hated the annoying
Chinese education system.
Most people wonder why I choice Kansas, not New York or Chicago. Actually, four years ago when I first
time came here, the city I lived in was Philadelphia, and I got my high school there with my new host
family. This was a good chance to make a contact with American society. The mother of my host family
is names Lorraine, she had two adopted children from Peru, and there are in college too. They have two
small dogs and a big one. The big one was almost 14 years old, so they put her down in a morning which
is very sad. Not like in Manhattan, I need to drink a cup of water to make sure my mouth not burning
anymore every morning, the weather in Philly is wet, mostly like my home city shanghai.
At 5:30am every morning, I have to go catch the school bus with running. Because if I move slowly or try
to have a little snooze, the bus will just go past. I was surprised on this, that I even have to get up that
early in America too. My school is a Catholic high school, so we have the Mass every 4 weeks. All
students stay together in the auditorium, they will turn the lights off, the father will lead us to pray: “at
the name of the father, and the son, and the holy spirit, Amen. Holy Mary…….” After this long prayer,
he’s going to spend 30 minutes on bible. At the end of our activity in...