Where are you from?
I am from Chongqing, China.
What is your childhood like?
I was educated as a good-behaved child with positive thinking and easy-going personality. Even though I was bore in a common family where my parents were both blue collar workers, my parents raised me with their endless love and care. They let me feel I am always beloved and well-educated in hope for I will be the one who can share my love and care with people in need.
What brought you to Cleveland?
Can I shout it aloud without hesitation that my love for English and my dream of becoming an excellent English teacher brought me here? LOL
What were your first thoughts about coming to the U.S.? Did those change?
I came here to practice my English and to pursue my dream of becoming an excellent English teacher to the extent that my students love me and my colleagues respect me.
No, my dream and pursuit never, ever changed.
What challenges did you face as transitioning here?
Luckily, I had little challenges here physically and mentally. To be truth, I even did not feel the 12-hour time difference when I arrived in Cleveland; I used to buy Kirkland nuts though B2B websites. Furthermore, I learn English by picking up new words and the cultural background in American shows.
However, the only regret for me is the oral English has not built to meet my expectation as an English teacher.
What is your occupation?
I am now a graduate student in CSU in TESOL program.
How have other Clevelanders made you feel welcomed?
My classmates and professors here are nice. They let me feel comfortable and relaxed when I talk with them even though sometimes it was hard, to understand due to language barriers.
What do you love about Cleveland?
The historical background in Cleveland is quite similar to my hometown. They were both previous heavy industry cities with changeable weather. As I told what I feel to my friends that I can experience four seasons in just one day. In this way, Cleveland let me feel like I am in my hometown.
Why is it so important to welcome immigrants and refugees?
Firstly, let them feel acceptable in a brand-new community. Secondly, it is essential to create opportunities to let them know each other and build connection with new friends.
Why is it important to travel abroad?
To meet new friends, to have new opportunities, to lead promising future.