Our Stories: Coming to the U.S.A.

From Gambia to the U.S.A

I came in 2004 when I was 9 and I was in the 4th grade. I came to the U.S.A. because my mom wanted a better life. When I was in the airport in Gambia I was sad and happy. I was sad because I was going to miss my friends and family. I was happy because I was going to learn about the U.S.A.
     My plane was delayed so I went home and came back the next day. In the plane I ate and slept. When I woke up we were about to get off the plane. When I arrived we took an hour car ride from Baltimore to Gaithersburg. I felt excited and forgot about my friends and family.
     I lived in my aunt’s house, and then I lived in an apartment with my mom and sister and brother. I started school at South Lake Elementary School in the 4th grade.
     My family was adapting well. My mom got a job as a hairdresser. Then we moved and I did 5th grade at Brown Station Elementary School. My mom kept her job. During the summer my mom went to work half time and went to school to learn about nursing for older people. My mom finished school and now I go to Lakelands Park Middle school for 6th grade.
     I think the hard thing is that I miss Gambia. The easy thing is I am making friends. Every thing is good.



Russia to the U.S.

     Hello! My name is Dasha and I come from the biggest country in the world –Russia. My grandma and some of our friends and family came to the U.S.A. fifteen years ago. But it took us longer to come here because of 9-11. After this national tragedy the embassy did not let any families come to America. Only kids could come to their parents.
     But something changed and on September 29, 2004, my family packed and we went to the airport. A lot of our family and friends came to say goodbye to us. At 5 p.m. our plane left Russia and we were on our way to London. After a short stop, we flew straight to our new country, the U.S.A! On the plane I met a lot of Russians and other interesting people.
     Thirteen hours later four of us (my mom, my father, my little sister and I) were in the United States. My grandma met us in Dulles airport. I was so happy to see her. I was also very tired. In the morning when I went outside I was impressed with all of th natural plants and smells around my grandma’s house.
     I think it was difficult to learn English and still difficult to be feeling homesick. It was also very fun to travel from one country to another. It was not difficult to fit in because people here are very friendly.
Today we live in very cool neighborhood. I’m 14 years old and I’m 8th grade student in Lakelands Park Middle School, the newest school in all Montgomery County. I have my very big dream- to live in New York (Brooklyn.) if you’re going to believe in yourself all dreams can become true. I wish to every new student to this country a big good luck!


From Ukraine to America

     I came to U.S.A on June 21, 2003 and I was 9 years old. I came to the U.S.A. because my family didn’t have enough money. In my country we were poor. We only had two houses, one was big and kind of broken and the other one was very small.
     The trip here was cool because from the window I could see my country and the U.S.A. When we got high in the ski, the sun was too bright and my mom forced me to close the window. The food on the plane was good so I ate a lot of it and then I was full.
     When I first came it felt cool because the buildings were so tall and my dad bought me a cool toy. He came to the U.S.A. before my mom and me. It was difficult for me to understand what the characters in cartoons were talking about. And it was hard to understand what people said, too.
     My family adapted to the U.S.A by learning English and wearing the same things that Americans wore. I feel good now because I have many friends and I can speak English. I kind of miss my friends from my country but now I have new friends and new interests that I like. I also miss my grandma and my dog.


Coming to the U.S.A.

     I came from the Ivory Coast. My country is in West Africa. In West Africa my country is the best because we have food and diamonds.
     But in my country we did not have good life and good schools. Sometimes the teachers closed the schools because the teachers are not paid for a long time. My mom worried about us because we could not go to school.
     One day my mom decided to ask my uncle if she could come to the United States of America. And my uncle said ‘yes’.
     She left my country for three years. My brother and my sister and I can come later to United State of America.
     My brother, my sister and I came by airplane. By airplane we passed my country first and we went to France second. We waited five hours on the airplane to come to the USA.


Coming to the United States from El Salvador

     I came from El Salvador. My country is located in Central America. It is close to Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. I lived in El Salvador for 10 years.
     My dad came first to this country. My father saved money to send for my mom. My mom has been in this country about five years. They both started to work so they could make enough money to send for me and my sisters. It cost my parents lots of money and hard work.
     I came to America because my mom and my dad were here. And I was waiting for permission to come to this country. I was excited because there was no problem to give me permission to come. It took a few weeks for me to prepare to come to the United States. I came on a plane. It took 4 hours.
     After I met my dad, I went to my dad’s apartment. I saw my uncles, aunts, cousins and sisters. It was hard for me because I left my grandmother in my country; she took care of me when my mom and dad left to the United States. I will miss my grandmother very much. That is my story.


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