A Successful Life in America

Monica - Gates Mills, Ohio
Entered on September 23, 2010
Themes: change, purpose
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Have you ever felt that there is not a solution for any problem or that you just don’t know why things happen? Well, everything happens for a reason. At first you might feel upset or that there is no solution but in the end you will realize a value in what occurred.

I was born in Mexico, and lived there until the age of 15. A couple days after my 15th birthday party (quinceañera), my mom said she wanted to talk to me about something very important. She said that we had to move to another country. We would live there for a year or two because she wanted me to learn English. At that time I was the only one in my family that didn’t speak English. My brothers had been in the Unites States as exchange students and learned the language, and now it was my turn.

Being 15 years old, with no English ability or knowledge of the American culture I felt lost. I was living in Medina Ohio with a family that I did not know and away from my family and friends, only being able to talk to my mom once every two weeks. I couldn’t imagine I would survive this mess. I thought that I was going to lose connection with my family and especially with my friends. I was scared.

Twenty years old, Wow! And look at me now, I’m writing this essay with no help, because I learned the language, I’m living with my family, I go to Mexico twice or more times a year, I still talk to my friends about three times a week and have goals for my future, I see myself having a successful life in America.

I always thought that I would never forget all the hard times I went through together with the sad moments and that it was a depression. That would always reside with in me. Instead this experience made me grow up and made me be someone that I never believed I could ever be. My life changed one hundred percent; now I love what I do, I love where I live, I love the people I’m around and I would never be able to thank my Mom enough for making this all happen by moving to the Unites States.