IERP 5: The Push for Success

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Professor Hauserman SO 320 2 December 2013 The Push for Success When considering immigration, America is seen as the final destination, the metaphoric Mecca for immigrants who are seeking economic prosperity, educational growth or a better life than the life they are currently living. After learning about the many different reasons of why people immigrate and the many different experiences people have, I have learned that leaving one’s home country is often a terrifying experience filled with forces that overwhelm the immigrant. These include culture shock and other assimilation problems and can make the experience very difficult and troubling for the person in their new setting. With all that considered many still immigrate today and will continue in the future because for most, no matter how difficult it is, the rewards that are waiting to be reaped far outweigh the troubles experienced. As a citizen of America and a member of the middle/ upper-middle class society I have no real experience of poverty, uncertainty or failure. There always exists a “safety-net” in that if I were to fail school there would be an opportunity for me to find a job, even if it was minimum- wage and I would have a home to live in, even if it was with my parents or family members. These luxuries are often overlooked and unfortunately do not exist for everyone. In a world where I did not have these amenities to make my jump for success less risky, I would have a very different mindset. I would have a very opportunistic view of the world and would be more conscious of possible prospects for me and where they would bring me. If there was a chance I could be successful outside of the United States, I would highly consider taking it. I would have to be surely convinced that the chance is worth taking and that if I were to leave behind my family, my town and my life, it would be worth it and I would not regret it in the future.
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Although these things cannot be promised, I would need to be as close to sure as I could be that if I was to seize the moment, it would not be in vein. In the above scenario, I would need those conditions to be met and would also have to communicate tremendously with my family about the trip. My means of transportation, communication and housing would be discussed to the minutest detail and I would have to again determine if the opportunity would be worth possibly throwing away everything. I would
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