An immigrant's story, that is my story, like the hundreds of millions out there. In search for a better future, my family moved to the U.S., only about 30 minutes away from where I used to live, but those 30 minutes marked the difference of two different worlds, Mexico's and the United States'.

As a seven year old, the last thing on my mind was to learn a second language, but when I moved to the U.S., this was not an option. Being on bilingual classes, copying other kid's classwork, and calling a cousin almost every afternoon, in hopes that he could help me do homework, was the start of my transition.

Was it hard? Yes! My first year in school here in the U.S. was so tough on me that I would try to find the smallest excuse to be absent. The amount of absences was vast enough to have the teacher call for a parent-teacher and student conference where I got scared enough to “decide” to go to school every single day from that day on. Now that I look back, I thank my 3rd grade teacher for scaring me into loving school.

Little by little, television shows, specially F.R.I.E.N.D.S., movies with subtitles and music in English helped in my journey of learning my second language. As I progressed, I found myself devouring the words of books of all kinds, specially R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones series and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Every year that passed, my pronunciation in English improved, my test scores went higher, my comprehension expanded, and my writing improved little by little. All these personal achievements opened the door for me to finally move up from bilingual classes to all-English classes in 8th grade.

12 years have passed, I am now 21 years old, and I must say my English keeps improving and will keep doing so. I am able to understand songs really well in English, there is a humongous difference in my pronunciation, I am able to watch movies without rewinding the scene to finish reading the subtitles, or find myself guessing and interpreting the actions of the actors in my favorite series. Learning this second language helped me realize, many more years later, that writing is something I genuinely love doing. The passion in me runs deep enough to find myself pursuing a career in writing. My present includes writing all sorts of stories, starting a blog, contributing in an online magazine for long distance couples, and now writing here in My Trending Stories.

Like I said, there are millions of immigrant stories, some successful, some not as much, this is a small glimpse to mine.

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Published by Fernanda Guevara