My Own Situation in America


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Haitian-born Cambridge Man Describes Life in USA

The following is an essay written by Waldophe Maximin, a student enrolled in a Level 4 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) class at Cambridge Community Learning Center.

One of my uncles, when he first came in America, he thought life could be easy and everything would be fine. I could find money on the trees without sacrifices by killing yourself at job as he mentioned.  In addition, he also thought as soon as he stepped out the ground his dream would come true. In my opinion, as far as I’m concerned I thought I could be among the richest people who lived in USA if i went to college and get a valuable certificate in order to be ready for my daily life.

A few months ago, I realized things so differently, I also felt like so strange than ever, the funny part was like, I went to Bunker Hill to take some courses when I got there they took me to the exam class where I had to do math, reading and science. After all, they decided to put me at Eels classes in my mind, with my high school diploma, things should be ok, that’s what I thought but it wasn’t . From that moment, I learned the differences between my own country and USA I felt so embarrassing.  After spending three years at school I decided to find a job and skipped my major because of my economics’ situation which was the main problem for my mom, since she got here she never had jobs to help herself, I was obliged to take over and give up everything as a plan for the future. However, the country gives a lot of opportunities for any races where everybody finds their own spot if you really focus on the next level.  And also the government gives you the benefits such as: citizenship after five years if you are legal properly, health insurance, elderly benefits and so on.

Finally, I think it’s a nice place where there is a freedom and love for fellow’s persons. I was surprised by the environment which is extremely clean, peaceful, safe and lawful. I have been noticing some similarities and differences between American culture and my own culture. American people are very creative, have big smiles. They are often friendly and work very hard.


Hear more from Waldophe and other ESOL students in Cambridge Uncovered, Ep. 22: Immigrant Stories below.