Personal Experience: Moving to the United States

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I never in my life did expect one day to write an essay for the Spanish Travel Scholarship and to write it in English! Fifteen year ago I was a typical Italian architecture student who, beyond doubt, had not yet established her role in the local, national, and global community, or her purpose in life. I spent my college years making my parents proud, and fulfilling teachers’ expectations. Nevertheless architecture wasn’t my college decision. It was my dad’s dream. When I was six years of age, he lost his engineering firm because of a stroke. He reinvented himself various times, after the stroke, but he has never been able to rebuild his engineering firm from the ashes. My architecture degree was his last opportunity to reopen his beloved studio. Trying not to disappoint him I decided to follow his ambitious idea even if I was more interested in teaching and helping special-educations students with their homework than helping my dad design skyscrapers. Since I was a little girl teaching is all I yearned to do.
During my last year of college, I met the love of my life, who was profoundly intrigued by the American way of life. We walked down the aisle and moved to Florida in less than a year. Miami captivated my husband’s attention immediately. I was, however, homesick before the plane left. The “intriguing” American way of life, to me, seemed more as an unfamiliar, confusing, and upsetting mess than an exciting, and welcoming new adventure. I was incapable of speaking or reading the English language. I was unable to communicate my thoughts, feelings, and opinions. I was lost in translation. Remembering how my dad successfully rebuilt his life after his stroke, I started to experience more of the local culture, interacting with p...

... middle of paper ... improve their English language and their life in the U.S. I would love to advocate for my friend’s daughter and help her earn a higher education. In addition I am planning to take a Spanish course at Georgia southern university next semester because I believe that one should learn about another country before visiting it to avoid cultural mistakes and cultural shock. My friend’s daughter is already helping me with the Spanish language and teaching me about her culture. I strongly believe that by helping each other we can overcome the cultural challenges we experience in our lives daily and we can better connect with the world in which we live. The knowledge you gain at home before visiting a country is fundamental. But the knowledge you gain during a study abroad program is invaluable. Both will make you a better world citizen and will last for a lifetime.
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