How I faced problems in a new place and how I solved it.



How I faced problems in a new place and how I solved it.

Growing up was a challenge to me however after I got my visa to come and stay in the United states seemed to be the most delightful moment I would ever experience. I grew up as a brilliant student back in the Jamaica, and once I was told I was coming to the United States I knew I would identify myself with the rest of the Americans since in my community I was considered as one of the brightest and literate people. I did not expect to face any challenge here since my brother had experienced very little when he was new here.

On landing to the United States I headed directly to Oklahoma. My day one experience was more than any other normal tiring day after travelling. Moving to the USA, got me in a surprise since adopting to the environment was not easy. Everyone wanted to know where I came from and many could laugh at me since Jamaica has a negative reputation out there. The first compelling task was to get a new English accent and polish my English to look something next to a native speaker. Jamaican English is so poor and I have no doubt that many out here do not consider it as English but some other tribe language or mother tongue. Just as I thought I was literate because of my high school education, then to my surprise I was not.

Poor communication due to bad structured sentences was what my peers could identify with. The bad English left me isolated feeling bad and frequently I could feel stressed with how people laughed at me. I could face another challenge of being asked why I did not abuse drugs since this I a norm in my former country. People consume marijuana like it was just any other food consumed on a daily basis. I was asked a lot of questions by my friends and they made me feel so bad about myself and I no longer wanted to be identified as an immigrant from Jamaica.

Everywhere I went I could face a lot of mockery and discrimination. I was given the last chance when it came to airing out views within a group of people since everyone knew I would give views with broken English and the logic behind the views was unexplainable. People viewed me as an illiterate person who deserved to be silent unless otherwise. Leave alone airing out my views, I could not ask for directions or any question in peace since the English I spoke would just leave everyone in laughter. Some did not help me after laughing at me.

Thanks to the three friends in my neighbourhood who helped me to identify with the Americans. One of them gave me the advice of enrolling for an English course which after three months my life was a new one. I could speak more fluent I was almost being identified as a native speaker. This forced me to get a new nickname so that less people will identify me as an immigrant form a country with very little good to say about it. At least a new name would spare me from questions about my country since I could now speak and behave like other Americans.

Conclusively, everywhere we go provided it is a new place we must experience rejection before we get absorbed by the people. It is always a hard task but getting friends who understand can help one to cope up easily. I had to tackle my problems and managed to interact with the other people after having everything solved. It is through adapting to a new environment that makes us comfortable. Also, everyone must experience challenges in a new place which is normal.