Personal Narrative: Moving To America

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Moving to America 1992 was a bittersweet year for me. I was finally moving to the United States with my mother from Uganda. It would be the first time traveling to America and the first time for me traveling by air which made me pretty frightened. Being so young at the time, I really wasn't prepared for what I was going to encounter but I was ready… I think. The thought of living everything behind finally hit me as I was set waiting at the airport lobby. Fighting to hold the tears back, I sat restlessly in my seat with a cold blanket hiding my face. A long 22-hour flight lay ahead of me, during which time I could absorb the fact that I had just left my friends, my family, my country, and my home. I was torn between sadness at leaving my…show more content…
The challenges I had to encounter were overwhelming; a brand new life spreads out in front of me, which has affected me mainly in two aspects; language and cultural difference. The values, social norms, and traditions in America seemed be very different from beliefs I thought “how things should be”. Moving to another culture, I naturally carried my own background and life experiences with me, and these shaped how I perceive and adjusted to my new environment. Adjusting to a new culture can be a time of experience and challenge… at least for me it was. For example, some people may find American classroom culture easy to adjust to, while I struggled significantly in this area particularly with my lack of the English language. So I would have to say that learning English was my toughest…show more content…
Honestly, how can you interact with other people and cultures, be pushed out of your comfort zone, have your perceptions challenged and not alter a little inside? Obviously, moving to a new county is not always about rewriting your personality but even the most humble of trips can change us in ways big and small. Mine changed me in a big way. It has changed my life for the better. I have a more found respect for this new world and I embrace all the challenges that it throws at me. I feel blessed to be born from another country and leaving in America because of not only of the many opportunities I have here, I also can share my love for my culture awhile learning the many cultural diversity that America
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