Big Changes in My Life

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I was born in Lviv, the historical town of Ukraine, where I spent my childhood years. I went to school in Ukraine for ten years. When time came for my father to change his work, he decided to move to America, but he thought that he would find a better job to support the family. The second reason he left Ukraine is that my sister was alone studying at Manhattan College. She needed support and love from him. He left me and my mom. It was big change for me to be without him and my sister for so long. I did not have any thought in my mind that I would go to America to visit my dad and my sister. I really wanted to stay and study in Ukraine. I knew that I had to make big decision in my life. I did not want them to be without me, so I left home and my friends, when my mom told me that we were moving to America. I was very excited to explore the unknown place. It was my dream to move to America and to be an American girl. When I moved to New York from my home country then to California, I needed to make several adjustments to my life. First of all, I met a lot of new people in New York with different backgrounds that influenced my life. They were teachers, Mrs. Nelson and Olga. They taught me new language. It was hard for me to learn new language for the first time but with their help I began to speak and write in English. Their lectures were interesting to me. My teachers showed me the Ellis Island where I learned the history of immigration to America. I did not know that immigrants left their homelands because of famine and World War II. Also my teachers took me to the Metropolitan Museum, where I learned more about art and I felt that I wanted to create art from my soul by own hand after looking at the paintings and sculptures at the museum. I also discovered new plants when they took me to the Botanical Garden. Every plant had a name tag. I did not know how coffee grew on coffee tree. Later, I met another teacher in New York, who helped me to...
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