Today is the last day of New York City’s official Immigrant Heritage Week. What’s an immigrant? If you moved from one country to a new country, then you’re an immigrant. One University Settlement student wrote about her experience as an immigrant – specifically, her first day in New York City. Here it is:
My First Day in New York
by Manqun Yin, a.k.a. Emma, Class 2A
On January 27th, 2010, I left my family and friends and moved to the U.S.
I felt sad and happy, because I could live with my husband, but I had to leave my family and my friends. I left my job, too. I didn’t know any English. I was afraid.
I didn’t know what kind of life awaited me. I arrived at JFK airport. It was 10 pm. I walked out of the airport. My husband was late.
The weather was cold and snowy. It was the first time I had seen snow. I felt cold and clean. I hoped I would have a good life.
What about you? Can you remember your first day in New York? Please share with us!
Also, for a wonderful website that has great stories by immigrants in Upstate New York (including audio and quizzes), click here.