ComingTo America: Mock Interview
Theinterviewee came to America to further his studies. According to theinterviewee, he had always dreamed of staying in America from a youngage. He later discovered that the easiest way to get an Americancitizenship was only by acquiring a scholarship. Therefore, he sethis academic goals while in high school. His hard-work paid offbecause he scored good grades that enabled him to join a local publicuniversity. While in the University, he expanded his network withboth the students and lectures. He was able to get advice from peoplewho had been to America and got a vivid description of how life inthe United States is beautiful and full of opportunities for personalgrowth. Besides, one of his professors advised him on how to secure ascholarship to further his studies in the United States. The lecturertold him that the surest way to was to ensure that his performance inhis Bachelors was exceptional. The guy burned the midnight oilsstudying and God finally blessed him with a full scholarship topursue his masters in America.
Fromthe interviewee, he used various ways to adjust easily in America andmake his stay comfortable. First, he was able to adapt quickly inAmerica because of opening up his mind to the events and activitiesthat were taking part in the city. He made sure that he attended asymphony performance every Thursday night. This made him feel like hebelonged to the local community and also got a chance to meet newfriends in the city thus expanding his network of allies. Besides, hekept in touch with the old life but did not depend on it a lot. Thisgave him a chance to keep up with the current issues in the UnitedStates. The only person that he did not limit his connection with washis girlfriend. He limited the contacts because the old buddies inhis home country would not have understood his state of mind as wellas the changes that he was going through. Moreover, acceptingcontentment and ignoring perfection assisted him to cope-up with thelife in America easily. He believed that every place has got itschallenges and did not expect a perfect life in the United States.Therefore, the few challenges that he faced did not hinder him fromleading a comfortable life as if he was still in his home country.Furthermore, he did not force himself into the responsibilities of abig fish in a small pond. By doing so, he meant that he did not actlike he was trying to prove himself in the United States. Instead, helooked for new opportunities to build his reputation and create evenbigger networks and get more friends both in the colleges and city.He knew that was the only way to become a recognizable person with agood reputation and have many connections in the city. However, thatdid not mean that he had to act like he was useless since he knew hisworth and the value that he could have added to the community. Also,as a way of trying to adjust quickly in America, the student madecertain that he had something to look forward to such as a match towatch or a martial art class to attend. He also kept a calendar thatwas marked as a remainder of the events that were ahead of himwhether big or small.
Theinterviewee kept the roots to his country by making calls to hisfamily twice per month. The connections always reminded him of wherehe came from and the culture of his people back at home. Therefore,it was hard for him to adopt the American culture altogether. Also,he attended cultural nights that are held once per month in the city.In those events, he was required to dress in his traditional attires.Besides, he got a chance to eat traditional foods as well as anopportunity to meet new friends from the motherland. The event wasimportant in ensuring that he did not erode his traditions or forgetwhere he came from as well as assisting in maintaining a culturalheritage. Moreover, the cultural nights allowed him to understandbetter his history and have a sense of belonging and unity especiallyamong the people from the same country where he came from. Moreover,he had carried some artifacts that he kept in the table room to givehim a sense of personal identity.
Theinterviewee is the first person from his family to be in the UnitedStates. However, he plans to be a full American citizen aftercompleting his studies and bring his girlfriend to America the momenthe will secure a stable job. Nevertheless, he was received by anindividual who came from his village, and he likens him to hisrelatives.
Fromthe interviewee, he likes many things in America and has so farenjoyed the stay here. The first thing that he liked and valued a lotis the way the Americans are friendly. He stated that people in theUnited States are genuinely welcoming, and they are interested inknowing how life in the other countries is. Moreover, he insistedthat the Americans are always willing to share whatever they havewith their friends and ready to help people who are in need.Furthermore, he liked the way the individuals in the United Stateslike exploring new ideas and the way they are innovative at the sametime. The Americans do things in different ways, and they get newideas that enhance innovation.
Oneof the things that the interviewee disliked about the Americans isthat some people are arrogant as indicated by Hall (2014). In thisregard, some Americans will always interfere with cases that they arenot in a position to solve and like causing trouble to other citizensas well. He also said that some American youths are bullies and theyjust want to seem cool by being haters. Besides, some Americans havebeen brain-washed by the state and made to believe that America isthe best land thus, end-up hating other countries (Hall, 2014).
Theinterviewee compared America to be having more opportunities for bothpersonal and career growth than his countries of origin. He said thatin America job opportunities are more compared to the openings in hisnative state. Also, he argued that the quality of life in the UnitedStates is better regarding the residential homes and the servicesthat are offered in various places such as the public hospitals.Furthermore, he said that people in the United States were morewilling to help than in his local country.
Hall,R. E. (2014). Self-Hate as Life Threat Pathology Among BlackAmericans: Black Pride Antidote Vis-à-Vis Leukocyte Telomere Length(LTL). Journalof African American Studies,18(4),398-408.