Stranded in a Foreign World What makes America so great? Many would start with the job opportunities, the freedom, or some would even say the security. I, on the other hand, see America as more than that. What makes America great, in my opinion, is their willingness to help others in need, to welcome those begging for a new start. My family turned to the United States in their time of need, for an escape. It’s true. But it is not the picture perfect scene people envision when you tell them you escaped a war and found your way to a free America. The start of my American journey began in 1998 in Seattle, when I was just three months old. But being as I was so little back then, it would be more appropriate told from my mother’s perspective. …show more content…
Some people realized that we were struggling and helped us. My husband 's aunt brought us some of her used furniture for our bare room to help us get started, and I went to this church for canned goods. I was not ashamed of asking for help. Slowly, we got some money saved up and we could afford daycare, so we both started working day jobs. My college degree came to the rescue, and I got a job at a bank as a teller. Sadly, my husband had to keep his job as a janitor but searched for better. Everyday I begged God for a miracle. We needed to get out of here. Find a place we could truly call …show more content…
That is what this life is about. You sacrifice for those you love. That is what my parent’s did. They brought my sister and I to this land of opportunity and even though they used their chance on us, their chance to follow their dreams, I will follow mine for them. People always ask me how I do so well in school, how I have the energy to do all the homework, study for the tests, do extra curricular activities, and never give up. My answer is: you sacrifice to pay back those who sacrificed for you. My parents left their families, their friends, the world they knew, just so their kids could have the chance to one day be the best. And I will be the best. For my parents. For myself. And to prove to those who tell us to “Go back to you country,” that I deserve to be here just as much as they do. My parents brought me here to be able to live freely and achieve my dreams even though they left theirs behind. Forever I will be
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Unfortunately, we were very wrong. It will be 6 years in March since our move to Ohio and 4 of those years have been full of pain and hardship. However, as stated by Caroline, “always find a church” (Ehrenreich 133). The church has helped us through what seems like a never ending time of difficulty. Another thing I relate to is Ehrenreich’s time as Wal-Mart employee.
After I dropped out of school I had nothing to do. I was depressed, but at a certain point I decided, Fuck it, I don't need them. It's just math, I can do it on my own. So I kept working here. I worked at night, after Dad had gone to sleep.
One example of a sacrifice is her parent's commitment to supporting Anna’s acting career. Even though they had jobs and social lives, Anna’s parents never complained about the long drives from Maine to New York for prestigious auditions. This shows heroism by her parents sacrificing their time to drive Anna to auditions. An additional piece of evidence is how whenever an audition or show didn't go as planned, Anna’s parents always showed compassion by reassuring her that one poor show wasn't the end of the world. After Anna’s Shirley Temple performance gone wrong, Anna’s parents convinced her that she should continue to pursue her acting career.
Famous French historian Alexis de Tocqueville once said, “America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” (qtd. in Carson 651.) In “Recovering America’s Exceptionalism,” Ben Carson explains how we are losing touch with the values that once made America a great country.
America’s gift to our generation, some people may say a wealthy country or a strong military or maybe even a strong justice system. I don’t disagree with them about that all of those are all very good answers and ideas but what I think the country’s greatest gift to us is freedom. Since the beginning of America’s history there was at least one group that was not free whether it was the 13 colonies being under British power the Native Americans being forced to live in reservations or the Slaves being taken from Africa and forced to work we were not free there wasn’t true freedom in America until the late 1800’s when slavery was abolished. Now that all Citizens of America are free to practice any religion to express themselves and the right
Since this incident my sister is now a single mother who works full time; she takes care of her child and live on her own without the help of others. Once she came out of her depressed state she took action and started applying for jobs and ensuring her odds by studying up on the companies and practicing on interviews. This is when her inner guide came out, which is the inner voice that seeks to make the best of any situation. She realized it was time for her to be in control and she eventually got a job after several applications.
I was struggling financially when my first son Jeremy was born. My wife Bonnie was half Indian and half Italian with a temper that matched her heritage. I was very immature, so there was a lot of fighting and bickering and I was not enjoying my new life. Jeremy was about 14 months old when we finally decided that we both had had enough. Our phone had been disconnected for non-payment, so she had taken the car to go to a friend’s house to use their phone.
You could easily say America has given my generation many things. Much of which we take for granted. Our country 's gift is something I hadn 't noticed before this project. If it did not exist, many of us might not be alive. The U.S. has given many people a safe place where they have the right to speak their mind.
America’s gift to my generation is our natural rights. One reason why basic rights is a gift to my generation is because we have the right to life, giving us the ability to feel safe wherever we go. Another reason is because we have the right to liberty, that gives us many rights to choose. One final reason is the right to pursuit of happiness, giving us the ability to be happy. First is our right to life.
My parents divorced, and I was forced to stay with my father in the Dominican Republic while my mother moved back to New York City. I was a senior in high school at the time, and was told I had to finish my studies before moving. Despite my frustrations I once again channelled my energy into being proactive, knowing that this was the best way to act when faced with a challenge. The harder I worked, the better my chances of doing well enough to dictate my own life, to live where I
A country who is full of hope to overcome while carrying heavy burdens. A country who is still proud to hold up their American Flag. A country who salutes their mighty soldiers and is patriotic for now and for years to come. Where we build up our young to be appreciative and respectful to veterans. A country who is strong like a statue and can stand through heavy winds and devastating storms.
To me, there are many gifts that America has given to you and I. These gifts all might be taken for granted and not acknowledged by all of us, but they all make huge impacts in how we live our lives. These gifts can be our freedoms, our land, and our laws. Although these are all grand, I think that the biggest gift of all is being able to call all of these gifts ours. It is a gift being able to do this because we are able to live free lives, believe in what we like, and say what we like.
Coping wasn’t a decision; it was a necessity. Graduating high school, I had an option to go to school or work. Down an income, helping my family seemed like a no brainer. Dishwashing, construction, lawn maintenance, food-prep I took any job to make ends meet. Struggling and exhausted, I had no
To All Veterans; To those that have served, from the birth of our great nation to our infinite future. To those that thought more of the lives of others more so than of their own lives. To the families that allow these one-in-a-hundred type men and women to serve and jeopardize their lives for the greater good of this distinguished nation. Today I’m thanking you and will forever be thanking you, for I’m proud to say I’m a free man, rather than under the control of tyranny and dictatorship. You have impacted this great nation in a way that at times is incomprehensible when considering what separates us from other nations across the world.
My parents were immigrants of Ghana coming into this country. Like many children of immigrants they gave birth to me here so I would have easier access to an education. For the first few years of my life, due to all the efforts my parents had made years before I was born, I had stability. I hadn’t known this was a luxury until my parents had divorced. Being the tender age of 4, I was yet to understand what was happening or why my daddy would never come home.