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One day, Mama told me we would travel to the United States

By Cesar  |   From : Mexico  |   School : Glades Central High School (FL)

Hello my name is Cesar . I am from Mexico in the state Guanajuato. I did not live in a city; I lived in a community outside the city called San Nicolas. I studied there in a public school where we had to pay for food. When I was 6 years old Mama told me that one day we would travel to the United States to have a better quality of life and be able to study the profession that interests me and not work in the fields. Working in the fields is very hard, and it pays very little. At age 15 I wondered why my mom never told me sooner the actual day we would come to the United States.  My mom surprised me 2 months before my birthday and said it was time to come to the United States. At first I thought that my mom was just telling me to be happy.  Then my dad said it was time for us to come to the United States.  For me that was a bit sad, because I was not going to see my grandparents and my friends. The first day I arrived here was wonderful, because I got to Dallas, Texas; it is a state that I thought was so beautiful, because I had never been in a place like that.  The first night was spent in Texas, but my dad warned me that this was not the state where we were going to live. At first I thought he was joking, but the next day we had to pack all our things to continue our journey.  When we got to the state of FLORIDA, I thought it was not bad, because we came to West Palm Beach.  We stopped for breakfast, and we continued to Belle Glade. I did not like to be here at all, but over time I got used to being here. I thought that all the people here only spoke English, and I was not going to know what they were saying. The first day here at the school I found funny, because when the teacher talked to me I thought he was loko.  I did not know what he was saying.  After a few months I started to understand most of what the teachers told me but it cost me a bit of work. After I finish high school, I want to I go to college or study at the university to be able to have a better job and not be working in the hot field all day. I want to be able to help my parents stop working in the field and help them because they are my inspiration to continue studying and have a better job with better pay.  I don’t want to be in the field and not earn enough.  I would really like to be a pilot and travel to different parts of the world. I would also think about the profession of medicine to be able to help to people who do not have money to pay for a doctor when they are sick.

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