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Jan 18, 2020

Coming to America (9)

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May 2, 2019

Coming to America (8)

My second job in America was being a math tutor at the local college I went to. . Students would come to the learning center and get private tutoring on different subjects. I was hired for Math and Statistics. I discovered that I loved tutoring. Most people that came to the center have reached a t...

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Apr 17, 2019

Coming to America (7)

My first doctor's visit. After a few weeks after arriving in the US, I went to see a doctor. He asked me about my diabetes and what insulin I was taking. Pig insulin. I brought some with me from Ethiopia. We don't use pig insulin in America anymore. The doctor explains. We use synthetic human in...

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Apr 13, 2019

Coming to America(6)

The first few years we had a routine. Wake up early - catch the first bus to downtown and we eat breakfast together. We would go to a McDonald's by the college. The steak and egg bagel sandwich from the breakfast menu. Then we would go our separate ways to school and work at the college. We used ...

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Apr 11, 2019

Coming to America (5)

Family. When we first arrived in the US, we lived in a bad neighborhood in Baltimore. Our query for an apartment was: 1) Public transport close by 2) Reasonably priced 3) 2 bedroom apartment. We got a two bedroom, utilities included apartment with cable for $450/month. It was located right by the...

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Apr 8, 2019

Coming to America (3)

My job as the cashier at KMART was a bit intense at first. There were very harsh restrictions about breaks and using the restroom. I wasn't exactly used to manual labor either so I found that standing on my feet for hours was exhausting. What made it worse that there were 80 year old women workin...

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Apr 7, 2019

Coming to America (2)

The customers at my first job at Kmart complained about me not being friendly. I had school and 2 jobs at that time so I had no appetite for smiling at customers. Apparently it showed. But I couldn't afford to lose the job. Not yet. I decided to give this fake enthusiasm a try. I began watching ...

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Apr 6, 2019

Coming to America

All my life, I was a nomad. Never stayed in a place long enough to create many attachments. But this time, I was leaving behind some great friends. I was coming to America. I remember the airport after arriving. It felt so busy and exciting. First few days, I walked around town a lot. Discoveri...

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Feb 8, 2019


Everyone in my family is afraid of heights. But one day, we randomly decided to go on a roller-coaster ride. My brother and I decided to try one together. Feeling brave, I started motivating my younger brother well in advance. I will be right here next to you. You got this. We got strapped and th...

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Feb 2, 2019

An Uber Encounter

Yesterday was ridiculously cold. I decided against driving. So I got an Uber. The driver looked very tall so I asked him how tall he was. "6 feet 7.My son is taller."he says He should play basketball - I suggested like a genius. "He just went pro. So did my daughter."He proudly tells me. I wa...

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Feb 12, 2019

Know thyself.

A friend invited me to a hiking adventure some years back. Being a fan of walking, I figured this would be GREAT. So my excited self went off to the location that Sunday. Mistake #1 - I wore jeans. It got heavy and uncomfortable quick. We were walking for what seemed like hours but I was pantin...

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Jan 15, 2019

On Courage & Dying

My grandfather, I called himAcaca, spoke one language Afaan Oromoo. Unfortunately I could not. So we never really had deep conversations. He grew up in Ambo - a city in Ethiopia. A farmer by trade, he was in perfect health even in his 90s. He was a strong man though I didn't realize just how str...

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