Congratulations Thien Nguyen – United States Citizen
Friday, November 1, 2013
Posted by: John Parkinson, Region 18 President
Editor's note: The following article is copied, with permission, from the October 2013 Region 18 Newsletter: http://r18communigram.com/. The author is John Parkinson, Region 18 President.
I met Thien "T” Nguyen at the National Collegiate Conference in April. He is a member of the Kent State University Ashtabula Student Chapter. I was able to talk with him for a few minutes but had no idea that he was in the process of becoming a US Citizen.
"T” wrote the article below and for that I am very grateful.
A Long Journey
I moved to America five years ago. Five years does sound like a long time, but it really isn’t at all. I came to America when I was just a high school kid and knew nothing about this strange country, even the language. I thought, "Is it my second life?? I have to start all over again?” and all those thoughts upset me.
I was a junior when I came to America so I had to go to school like all the kids my age, even though I didn’t know a single word of English. Most of my classes were all about reading, writing and listening to English. I have to say that learning a completely new language is hard.
My family moved to America with empty hands so my parents had to work really hard and I had to work at that time too. I worked for a liquor store fifty-five minutes away from my house. I always took the bus to my work place after school and because I worked after school till late at night, I brought all my homework with me to my work place.
I love schools here. I was amazed when I saw the computer lab at my old high school, and all the technologies the school had, and that you can go to high school for free. I was surprised that people can go to high school for free in America, because my family had to pay for me to go to school before, and it was expensive.
I lived 2 years in California and moved to Ohio. I started to feel a little upset about moving. I moved to Ohio and decided to go to high school again, because my English wasn’t good enough to graduate with a diploma, so I spent one more year at high school.
When I graduated from high school, I wanted to continue my higher education so I applied to Kent State University at Ashtabula. I met a lot of awesome people on the campus, and that is when I joined the Student chapter of AITP.
AITP is my second family. All the members are really nice and they are all smart and professional. Our AITP group is just a group interested in technologies, where all the members always help each other out, and they all stand by together to share sad moments and happy times with each other. No one stands alone in the group. They can always come in and talk to another member, and we have awesome advisor, Professor Carolyn Carvaho in our group. She always helps the students around the campus and students love to talk to her all the time. She helped me a lot in my first year of college; I think I wouldn’t make it this far without her help.
So five years flew by fast and now I will become a US citizen. During these five years I have experienced and seen a lot of new things, and also acquired plenty of new knowledge. After becoming a US citizen, I will still move forward and keep learning as much as I can. I’m sure the road won’t be easy, but that’s how life works!!