Celebrating 20 years in America

“For me, being raised in a free American made all the difference” – Madeleine Albright (Czech born, raised American who became the first woman US Secretary of State)

 
Twenty years ago last month, I immigrated to the United States of America. As I look back and reflect on the last twenty years, I realize the sacrifices my mom made to bring me here. I am forever grateful that she did because I wouldn’t have the education or career I have now, two things that I cherish greatly. My hope was to have this post up in early January but with my studies and catching a nasty stomach virus I wasn’t able to post in time. After the recent political events, I still want to share and celebrate my immigration and keep this post as positive and uplifting as possible.
 
Growing up I was mainly raised in America but continuously went back to the Czech Republic throughout my childhood. I am a third culture kid (n. a child raised in a culture that is different of their parent’s culture for a significant part of their lives). Both cultures heavily influenced my upbringing and have shaped me into the person I am today. The opportunities and education I am lucky to have been offered, have lead me down the path of pursuing a degree in Architecture. A field of work that I am passionate about and love.
 
I have moments where I ask myself, what if I had never immigrated to the US? Would I still have wanted to become an architect? By having two countries to call home and two citizenships, I was able to constantly be traveling. My desire to become an architect grew from the travels with my family. Would I still be able to speak English this well? Sometimes I am surprised at myself for knowing and understanding so much in a second language. I will never have answers to these questions unless a time traveling device is invented and I can go back in time. What I do know is that I have my mom to thank for taking me on the biggest adventure.
 
x the Adventurer

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85 thoughts on “Celebrating 20 years in America

  1. Really enjoyed reading this. I wrote a similar post to this one my blog today expressing life as a first generation American living in Italy-my parents are originally from El Salvador and how different my life would be now if they had never left their homecountry. I can definitely relate to being a third-culture kid(didn’t know that was the exact name of it) as I talk about growing up culturally different than they did. But that’s so awesome about your 20 year anniversary in the states. Do you plan on staying there for the rest of your life or would you ever live in another country again?
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    1. Thank you for such a sweet comment! I see myself staying in the states for now but you never know what the future holds…I did spend a few months living in Paris during University, so I am always opening to trying a new place out =o)

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