Brighton High School, Rochester, NY
Sponsoring Station: WXXI, Rochester, New York
I grew up in China and accepted Chinese education from my childhood. Two years ago, I still lived in China, but everything is changing now, because I am living in America. I just left my beautiful memories in China. The two countries are totally different in look, shape and color. After I lived in America for couple years, I noticed the lifestyles similarity and differences from each other.
There are many immigrants in America who came from different countries with different cultures. However, people changed their opinions during different periods. People's value changed when they lived in America. At the beginning, I believed that everything is possible in America, because America society is so perfect. If I came to United States, I would be stronger and more successor. But I noticed that I was wrong, because Americans and Chinese people were same. America people and Chinese people all need to work hard to get successful. It is said that no pain, no gain. Whereever we go, people need to fight for their future.
However, people in China differ from people in United States. Chinese people are less busy than people in United States and Chinese people have more time for relaxing lifestyle. American tries to get a good job or a more expensive car and house. They gain these things through working harder and longer hours. In addition, Chinese people spend more time with their neighbors and family. When I was living in China, I knew all neighbors and children. However, America people are too busy to contact their family and friends. In America, I don't even know my next-door neighbor; they are so busy with their work.
Likewise, I was used to living in a big house in China, where everybody has plenty of space, like large bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and a big play rooms. Then behind the house, there was a huge garden with different kinds of flowers. When I open the door and I could see people walk through my house. I heard different noises from the street and super market. In America, there is a huge difference among the housing situations. For example, people lived in a small apartment for almost too much money.
In fact, I knew that life in America offers more opportunity than in China. People can be more successful of people work hard, so I had to give up the relaxed lifestyle than I was used to. I miss my country and comfortable lifestyle in China a lot, but I can't waste my time and I need to catch up with the new lifestyle. The United States is my new stage of life. I will always miss the place where I grew up, but I will try to make America my new home.
Return to America, My Home Essay Contest entries
Meigs Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Sponsoring Station: WNPT, Nashville, TN
We all are very lucky to live in this wonderful country, America. People in other countries all around the world wish to live here and to enjoy the freedom we enjoy every day.
I feel fortunate that I was born in America. I think America is the best country in the world. We have freedom, equality, and justice. Some countries in the world still have slavery, and unjust treatment. America doesn't believe in that.
I think it is wonderful growing up in America. You get to see people from all different parts of the world, together, living in one country. Everyone is equal under the law in America. There will always be prejudice and hate, but they are not tolerated in the U.S.
To live in the United States is a great privilege. If you think about it hard, you will realize you are one of the luckiest people in the world to be living in such a great country that lets you have equal rights and freedom.
The United States is the land of opportunity. I really like being able to learn about other people's ethnicities and heritage. I have friends that are from all around the world. One is from Lithuania, another from Africa, even one from Israel. Their families came to America to get freedom and a better life.
America to me in one word is "Home". I would rather live in America than any other country in the world. Growing up in America has been a great experience. I am very glad I don't have to live in a country without freedom or equality.
Not everyone always gets along in America. Even though some people have disputes, Americans have legal ways to work things out. We have a court system to settle disputes. Our laws are passed by individuals we elect.
What really makes our country great is our Constitution. It lets us each have individual rights. That allows us to succeed with what we want to do in America. If we didn't have a Constitution, people in America would not have equal rights.
In conclusion, I love America. It is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Equality and justice are what make this country special. America is a special country because of the people living in it. The United States of America is a great country, and I am proud of it.