To me, America means change.
I was born and raised in Pakistan. When I came here to America, I was afraid of the idea of living in a new place among different people who have different languages, customs, rules, and lifestyles. I missed my country, home, and family in the beginning. With each passing day in America, I learn new things about America that are new and exciting. From my perspective, it is incredible to see how people follow the rules and regulations here. I also enjoy seeing the many different shades of life and all the different types of people. There were so many instances of people saying “sorry” or “thanks” with a smile, and these encounters are not as frequent where I grew up. There are more instances of people helping one another here in America. It was a great experience to be introduced to the mannered culture here. For me, this country is more open to those from all different walks of life. America really fits the nickname “a Nation of Immigrants.” Those who are different can express themselves and more freely live their lives in whatever gender, orientation, ethnicity, age, or religion. The most eye-opening thing I found here, was the American justice system. It is set up to be as fair and just as possible. From my perspective, the laws are in place to better the country and keep everyone within it safe. The regulations on food and water supplies is also something that is vastly different from home. America is known as a land of opportunity, and I believe that is true. Being here in this country, means being free. As a woman here, women can speak more freely, have more choice over how many children they want, and can have any job. Their life is in their control. America is my second home that I feel lucky to live in. Being American means more freedom over life decisions and more freedom to express who you are. It means being brave and being independent and confident. America is a safe place to grow. Some came here by choice, some by necessity or in chains, but all want America’s prosperity or work for its progress because they want to see America more advanced, more successful, and more powerful.