Coming To America

by Youth Radio Atlanta
Also Featured on WABE

Coming To America

by Youth Radio Atlanta
Also Featured on WABE
12.12.14
12.12.14

By: Anna Poznyak

AnnaPoznyakFamily_Photo

Anna with her family.

People hear my accent and ask — “Where are you from?”  “What is it like to move to America?”

These are complicated questions.When you move from Moscow to Atlanta, every part of life is different.

I left Russia on a sunny June day. It was a day that divided my life into before and after. I had never been to the U.S. My Father’s stories promised that the country was a paradise. The place I was meant to be. It was exciting to fly for the first time over America. When we got to Atlanta, I said “Wow, I am finally here!”

It seemed like everything would be perfect. But it wasn’t perfect.

The teenagers I met were nothing like in the movies. They were nice, but too busy to care about new students like me. For a long time I felt like a guest, not a member. I didn’t get the excitement about chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes. And I didn’t see why Americans always prefer driving their cars. I still believe moving to another country is the most powerful experience a person can have. I have found some new strength. But it’s not easy. My hands still shake when I compete in a volleyball game, I am still a bit afraid to take any test. My shyness means I have only one true friend: my mother.

Living in “paradise,” now I realize I miss my old home. I miss my family members and friends, all left behind — across the ocean.But I’m slowly finding joy in things here too. Smiling, helpful people. Tasty food. The warm, marvelous weather of the South. My ideas are encouraged in America. I can follow my passions.

Now, when people ask me how I am doing, I say “I’m adjusting.” But on the inside, I feel shaken up and turned upside down. And this is how it feels, changing your life for the American dream.

 

Coronavirus Update to YR Media Community
Coronavirus Update to YR Media Community