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What I Learned:

Philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said that with “knowledge is power”.

I believe that the more knowledge I have gained through working with immigrant students and learning more about them I have become more aware of the world around me.

I have become more understanding of the experiences which many of them face.

I have learned more in depth about what brings them to the United States and what they go through adjusting to the American culture.

Through my readings of various books about immigrants, learning about teaching English as a second language, interacting with immigrant students in both high school and elementary schools, as well as working on my portfolio, I have learned more about people's stories.

Often we do not realize how many immigrants there are all around us.

Before my work on this project, I never imagined how many immigrants there are in the rural farming area in which I live.

The experiences of immigrants are vast and varied.

Some immigrants are seeking a better life in the United States.

For the most part, newcomers try to fit in to American culture, while keeping parts of their home country's traditions.

They value freedom and the opportunities they can have for themselves and for their future generations.

Furthermore, I have gained a broader perspective by seeing how much I take for granted having been born in a country that is safe and that has not been torn apart by war.

I have realized by learning the stories of other people how many blessings I have in my life.

When I compare my life story with the stories of many immigrant refugees I wonder what it would be like to be torn apart from my family because of wars like many immigrant refugees have experienced in their lifetimes.

More than anything, through my work with immigrant students and learning more about immigrant experiences I have become more aware and more understanding.


A Poem about an Immigrants Experience:


I walk the streets of unknown places

Everyday I see people with unfamiliar faces

Leaving my home

To come to someplace new

I left everything behind me

In search of something I can not always say

But it would be something like hope of a better day

My past often haunts me

Images from a life that was all I knew

Images of mothers searching for her children

And of children crying for food

Now I walk the streets of unknown places

Everyday I see people who have unfamiliar faces

Leaving my home

To come to someplace new

I left everything behind me

In search of something I can not always say

But I see now the hope of a better day


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