The bell rang and immediately froze. It was my first day of fourth grade and I was terrified. It wasn’t only that I was scared of attending a new school but also that this was my first time attending an American School. I was born in Delano, California but we had moved to Mexico when I was about 1-year-old and didn’t return until I turned 8 so all I knew to speak was Spanish. Now I was in a total new country and I didn’t understand anything around me. Everything looked different and I wanted to go back home so bad but I knew I couldn’t.This was my new home and I had to get used to it. That summer my mom signed me up for school and I was so excited because I had always loved school. I was so happy to finally go back to school because I was good at it but then I realized it wasn’t going to be like back home. I was going to have go to school with kids that had been speaking English all their lives while I barely knew how to say my name. Back in Mexico I had been one of the smartest girls in my class and I knew that now I would have to start from the bottom again.
The morning of my first day my dad walked me to school while I practiced whatever English I did know. Honestly the only English I did know was what the shows Arthur and Spongebob had thought me so it wasn’t very useful. “My name is ana”, I repeated this over and over for the whole 10 min walk to school. I wanted it to be perfect because I knew the teacher would ask me. Once we finally got there we waited outside the classroom till the bell rang. When It finally did, the door opened and Mrs. Bowers came out. She was a tall woman with big fluffy blonde hair. She gave me the friendliest smile and said, “What’s your name”? I was so happy because I knew how to respon...
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...rstand more and more and that made me keep on trying. Eventually by the middle of the year I started talking, I understood what she was asking and I could answer back. Everything started making sense around me. The posters on the wall finally made sense and the gibberish had stopped. Everything was clear again, my hard work had paid off.
I still knew I needed to improve a little more so I still kept on studying and going to the library. I would finish my homework and then study my note cards. I worked so hard to accomplish my goal of learning English and I had finally reached it. Not only had I learned English but I had made the Honor Roll and got to have lunch with the principal which was a big honor in that school. I was so proud of myself and I was happy I didn’t give up. I had came to this country knowing only Spanish and now I could speak and understand English.
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