HORU March 23, 2016

"I was born in Ethiopia and I grew up there until I was about 14. Originally, my dad had gotten a scholarship to come study here in America and get his master's degree in Theology. So we moved to Boston, and once he was done with his studies, he opened up a church right around here in New York City. When we got to America though, it was a complete culture shock. There's a whole different language to deal with and the way school's conducted is completely different. I can't even begin to list all the differences. I'll always be Ethiopian, but adapting has been very interesting. The way I think, when I'm about to work on something or think through a problem, is in my native tongue. I work out the problems in my head, all in Amharic, but then when I speak and communicate, I always have to convert these thoughts back into English. It's tough sometimes. And it's tough being away from home. I haven't been back since I first left, but I'll always be Ethiopian."

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