My name is J. I am from a little village in Mexico. My village is small. It does not have many services that most communities have. That is why I had to travel to Ciudad de Carmen, Mexico. It is in the southwest region of the Mexican state of Campeche and also where I studied business management. Years later, I was working in a big company as a project manager. I had a few friends, but they were worth many. I had family members living near me. My job allowed me to travel.
There was only one thing that I did not have there, my husband. That is why I came to the U.S.
Before I got married, I came to the U.S. by plane. The flight was four hours long. Fortunately, I was seated with an elderly lady who knew everything about Chicago. This helped me a lot because when I arrived at the airport, immigration officers asked me a lot of questions.
It was my first time traveling to Chicago. I did not have any idea how it would be. I did not even check tourist places to visit. I was nervous because I would be seeing my first boyfriend again, after not seeing him for 13 years. We kept in contact by email through the years, but just as friends. We were a couple when I was 15 and he was 17 years old. So after 13 years, we started dating again. Later, we decided to live together and marry.
Before I came to the U.S., I heard many good things about the education system. How safe and clean and beautiful the cities are, with all their big buildings. Also, I heard about how respectful the American people are. And how much humanitarian assistance they give to people and animals. When I started to live in Chicago, I confirmed that all of the above was true. And I found other good things about this incredible country and the American people.
The only difficulty that I had was living far away from my family. This has had a big impact on my life. I miss them very much. I can handle the language challenge, even if it is not easy. I have been studying for 4 years, and have improved a lot, thanks to my angels. (I call those who have helped me, and continue to do so “my angels.”)
Since I have lived here, I have created incredible memories. Getting married has been one of the most important events in my life. Also, I became a volunteer and by doing so accomplished one of my dreams. When I lived in Mexico, I had a strong desire to help others and living here has given me that opportunity. It is the perfect way to return a little of what others have given me.
When I left Mexico, I left many good things behind. But I enjoy my new life in the U.S. I appreciate how much the future has to offer me.