Christina and her mother came to America.Christina oldest brother, James lives in New York.He was getting married to her beautiful long time,live in girlfriend Vanessa.
Christina was Seventeen years old when they came to America.
The wedding was in August 2001 .Christina was very happy to the extent that she could not contain herself.She wanted to try all American Restaurants McDonald, Jack in the Box,TGIF.She also wanted to visit the Malls.
But her mom did not want American foods,she asked for Africa Stores to see what kind of foodstuffs that they have. And also visited the Malls,look around and hear some gossips.She also wanted to go to India stores for Turmeric and some other spices. In each restaurant that Christina visited, she wished they have it in Nigeria.She took a picture of McDonald and said please come to Nigeria.You can stop at Lagos, I don’t care,just come to Nigeria.
Oh my God, America I love you already.There is constant electricity supply, water,good roads.I wish I live in this beautiful, wonderful,magical Country.
Her mother quickly jumped in,stop wishing and stop getting excited.You are returning back to Nigeria with me.If we allow you to stay with your brother and his wife , you will mess up their marriage. Christina calmed down and went into her room to check and see if her bridesmaid gown look good on her.Her brother went to Christina’s room and said, Christina listen to me,all you need is to work hard in school, then apply for Universities in United States of America.And if you gain admission, I will help you.Prepare to take the international examination ,TOEFL TEST. ets.org/toefl.
She was very pleased to hear that.So she huged her brother without making a comment but determined to do her best.
The United States of America is design and made by the people and for the people.That means that the people of America voted for their leaders to be in the office, including office of the president.Most of the founding USA Fathers were there at the constitutional convention,where the constitution was born.George Washington presided over the convention of great men.While James Madison used his special pen and wrote the document that til today formed the model of the America constitution.
So,there is usually an election day in each State.It is very important that everyone participate in the election by voting their conscience.That means that we the people can shape the government and its policies, the way we want it.It is very important that you get involve in your local Communities.You can be involve in your community through various organizations such as Clubs, Churches or work places.You can be a community leader and you can decide to run for Office in the future if you want to do that.The most important thing is to be part of the community.But you must be an American Citizen.
Do not involve yourself in crime or felony. There are 50 States in USA and there are various communities in each State. You can hold office position. Do not allow yourself to be relegated to the background.Be a great civilian or join the force.”Anything that is worth doing is worth doing well.“
But as a new comer to foreign land,you need to have a roadmap, a solid plan.You need to obtain social security numbers, get a place to live,learn English, register for school, learn to drive and obtain driver license.
There were other people that came before Christina who faced so many discrimination.Mrs Johnson have difficulty in settling in.The same thing with mr Samuel.Mr Samuel Odinamkpa graduated from the university with Masters degree in Engineering but couldn’t get employment .The reasons why he couldn’t get a job is because he has no green card, and no good professionals reference. So he ended up as a taxi driver and a security guard. He got married to get green card. He got the green card but no professional references. He quickly gave up and became a permanent taxicab driver. So he couldn’t buy a house like other people and he couldn’t bring his family to USA.They waited and waited for a long time. So the wives remarried. He later brought his adult children to USA.
Lessons here are. Honesty is the best policy. Be honest to yourself and people around you.
2 Never you give up.Sometimes getting employment can be difficult but you don’t give up.
3 Find your niche. If you have a job and you are not happy with it.Or the work environment is not conducive.While you are still in that job,find another job. There is a job for you. Don’t settle in your comfort zone so that you will not cry later.But be a good worker,be knowledgeable and have great interpersonal skills.
4 Do not settle for less.Because if you settle for less,you will pay for it later in life.Ruthberginbd never gave up.
5 Focus,focus,and look for a second and third chance.It is there waiting for you.Be professional.
Always remember that when it rains, it pours.
Here are some website to visit as a Newcomer.
Christina mother pointed at Mr. Johnson, we don’t want to be like them do we?.
Myself and your father have worked so hard for what we have in Nigeria, beautiful houses, nice cars, and maids .Why should I leave to come over here for people to tell me ” you have an accent, can you speak English “.Over my dead body, I love my Country Nigeria. I will live and die there. I will only come here to visit. Christina thought that her mom is a primitive woman.She whispered Lord forgive her for she know not of what she said.Her mother replied Christina what did you say?. She replied, you know that your father is a great disciplinarian. I will not tell him what you said.Mom please what happened in America should stay in America.Her mother laughed and realized that Christina is learning very fast.