ESOL 1 Students Tell Their Immigration Stories

Deysy Florian

Life in My Country

One of the most interesting things, of my life in my country is that we have a very nice climate, never cold, never too hot. People are very friendly. I enjoyed it a lot when I was in Guatemala because I had a lot of friends. We used to play some sports together after school. We used to go out for a little while everyday.

I liked to study a lot in my country. My favorite subject was my typing class. My favorite food was "churrascos." This means grilled beef with salad and rice. We have very attractive places such as museums, parks, beaches, etc. When I was on vacations, I enjoyed all of these places and I leaned more about our nature. That now is my country. If someone would to visit one day, you will enjoy it very much because of our tourism.

My life in my country was enjoyable and so special that is so hard for me to forget.


Deciding to Come to the U.S.

To tell the truth, for me it was kind of hard to decide to come to this country. But at the same time, I felt very happy inside knowing that I was going to meet my mother and a lot of different people. On the other hand, I felt kind of sad, because I was leaving the rest of my family back home. But I knew in my heart that in this country I was going to have many opportunities for a better future. It was June 26, 1997 about 10:00 p.m. when I was landing at the airport. I felt like I was facing a new world ahead of me. But to my knowledge I think that I made the best decision to come to this country.

My New Life In The U.S

My new life in the U.S. is for me a remarkable change. There are a whole lot differences from my lifestyle back home. I feel very satisfied living in this country because I have learned a lot of things here that I didn't know. It is hard to believe myself that I am in this country, but I like it and I feel very happy. It is very emotional for me to live in this country that is filled of a lot of great opportunities for everybody who's searching for a brighter future.


Nestor Rodriguez

Deciding to Come to the U.S.

When I was 11 years old my father decided to live in Maryland. I didn't want to come to Maryland because I didn't want to leave my friends and my grandparents. My conflict was that I had to decide to come to Maryland or stay with my grandparents. My grandparents said that a son must he with his mother. I felt bad because it was a big decision and I still loved my grandparents. I decided to come with my father because I loved him and it was the best thing for me to do.


My First Day in the U.S.

The first day I arrived in the United States was not a surprise for me. First of all I was not surprised to see how big American people are. But there were many, many cars on the street and that surprised me. On the way from the airport to my house, I didn't see as many tall buildings as I expected. I saw a few people riding bicycles. I liked that very much. It reminded me of my country, El Salvador.

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