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Teen Immigrants

Posted Nov 11 2008 11:18am

Carys is one of our teen writers who is 13, from Trinidad, loves to write and act.

What was life like for you in Trinidad?

Coming from Trinidad when I was eight years old was very stressful. I left a happy life with my father, two sisters, a brother, and a mother, also many friends to come live with my mother in America.

What was it like when you first came here?

Then things got worse, when I first came up here I started school and after a year I was hit by a car, no bones were broken, but I had to get stitches over my eye. But, I got better.

Was it hard to leave your family?

As soon as I got off the plane and went to my aunts house, because that’s where we were staying, I began to cry. I finally realized that I probably was never going to see my family again. But, I knew I had to get over it. Soon. Even though, what my mother and I went through was difficult, I knew I came here for a reason.

What was it like starting school here?

Registering myself in a school in a place I did not know was not that difficult. My mother had to find a school near my Aunt, Susan’s resturant. We found a Public Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York. It was near my my aunt’s resturant so when I left school, that is where I would have to go. Making friends was more difficult than I thought. I was accustomed with my habits in Trinidad and when acted the habits out, people thought I was strange. I eventually, kept some habits, and got rid of some, but I did make some really good friends.

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