Coming to Americaby@keni

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Write ups on my experiences coming to the US

Feb 1, 2020


Q1: How do you want your book to serve your readers? What will they get out of it? * I want people to understand what immigrants go through * I want people to relate to the similarities in hope, struggle and triumph over fear. Q2: Imagine it's a few years after your book has been published. What ...

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Feb 1, 2020


How to position your book: 1. Objectives - what do I want to accomplish with the book? I want to share my immigrant experience of coming to America. I want people to see the hopes, dreams, struggles, fears and rewards of an immigrant from a first person perspective. I want people to know that even...

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Jan 18, 2020

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May 2, 2019

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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

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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

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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 9, 2019

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I had always been curious about the US. When I arrived here, I observed these things that I think makes the US different. 1- Structure Everything has structure. Public transport, the library, stores - everything was remarkably punctual. You could see efficiency in action. The presence of law and...

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Apr 11, 2019

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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

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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

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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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