Puzzling Days

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We all have hard and puzzling times in our life. The most difficult time I ever had in my life was my first day in the United States. It was a scary day as well as an exciting one. I came to U.S. about 6 years ago, before that I was living in India. When I got out of the flight in Houston and saw other people speaking totally different language than what I used to speak in India made me want to leave this place as soon as I can. But the opportunities and offerings that I saw in my future in America hold me from going back. I knew the life in America will be a lot of better than what I would have in India. That American Dream of mine still make me look forward to my mid-life here in U.S.

Even though I was with my family, it was very difficult for us to find out information and direction about where we had to go.

Language was the main problem for all of us. We didn=t knew how to speak proper English. The English we speak in India is British English and it was way different than the English that Americans use. So it was very hard for other people understand me and I felt the same way in understanding others. Our way of communication was broken that day because of poor understanding.

When me and family went to a restaurant to eat something, all the foods in that restaurant was meat or it was someway related to meat products. Since our religion restrict me from eating meat or any underground root vegetable, it became very hard to stop our hunger. We couldn=t even eat french fries they are made from Potato and Potato is an underground root. Finally one person was kind enough to show us an Indian restaurant where we were able to find the vegetarian foods that we could eat.

My first day of school in U.S. was something that I could never erase from my heart. Seeing people from all kinds of races and countries was an unforgettable moment for me. When it came to school, communication was another huge problem. I tried my best to keep up with other students, still it was very difficult for me because half of the time I didn=t understand the instructions the teachers were giving. But just like an angel sent by god, there was a student who was sitting beside me who helped me with all my works. We turned out to be great friends and we still call and help each other in our studies and everything.

Considering the first few days of my American life as the most difficult time I ever felt in my life, I knew it was just the beginning of a new and wonderful way of life for me. When comparing this life to the Indian life which I used to practice before coming here, the American way is much harder. Everyone has a very busy life in the U.S. and sometimes it seems like some people don=t even have enough time to spent with their family. I worked very hard all these years and now I=m in college which is a very big leap for me and my family. Now, I know there are no barriers between me and my American dream, I just have to put my mind into it, then I will be able to overcome anything in this world.

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