Citizenship Isnt Easy!

Citizenship Isnt Easy!


My first day of school I don’t know a word
of English and like the only thing I could tell my teachers were like the
song lyrics I was adopted by a white family and so I didn’t have anyone to
speak Korean with and so I lost it hi I’m Carlo
hi I’m Sa Hee nice to meet you so what’s your story
so I’ve been coming to Montgomery College since spring 2017 and I’m now a
sophomore and I’ll be graduating this me yes and basically me I started like
summer 2017 and then I should be graduating maybe next year around the
spring so yeah a bit of a different pathway you know so you’re from Korea
what’s that like so I was born and raised there until I was 5 and then I
came to the United States to be adopted oh nice do you ever anything about Korea
thank you so I have memories of going to preschool like walking along the busy
roads of Seoul which is the capital and yeah I have very fond memory it’s cool
what’s the culture of it because honestly I just know like BTS I’m like
Korean barbecue I guess some of my favorite things about Korean culture are
the food so have you ever tried kimchi before once one yes I love kimchi spicy
food I also really like the traditional attire called humble humble house on the
page so it’s kind of like a a line structure and it’s made of I guess to
land very beautiful but where are you from I
was born in Argentina it’s approving parents yeah so it’s kind of weird like
all my family is like Peruvian but like I’m the only Argentinian born in the
family so like I came here when I was like five and honestly I don’t remember
anything at all from Argentina Peru I just know like one morning I wake up
and I’m here in America so do you still speak the language definitely can never
forget Spanish it’s just something that’s invaded in my head because like
every time when I go home I can’t speak to me in Spanish
it’s one will they have in their houses like in this house we speak Spanish
English for this house Spanish I think that’s really cool because now you’re
bilingual whereas in my situation I was adopted my white family and so I didn’t
have anyone to speak Korean with and so I lost it yeah so I only speak English
now and even though Korean is my first language and since I’ve lost it it’s
still been really hard to like relearn it again really do you have any like
keywords or anything I now I only know like very basic like greetings and
things like that okay making something so hello is onion messy oh wow that is a
mouth yeah how are you how do you say hi use window like a row by like five yours
oh good morning as one Jose yes good night is what is not just but a good number so how did you end up
coming to Montgomery College Montgomery College so in high school I
literally had no idea what I wanted to do well actually no I did have an idea I
wanted to go to law school be a lawyer and stuff but then in my head I’m like
yeah that’s really expensive and I kind of don’t really and I kind of don’t
really want to have my parents go into debt because like I really want to do
something and I am their only child so like I just decided you know maybe I’m
gonna stay here a couple years saving some money be with my parents for at
least a bit and then see where I go off yeah that was very similar for me as
well I’m in high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do so once I graduated
I took a gap year okay and I worked at a local yarn shop and so that’s when I got
inspired to do business and that’s what I’m majoring in now hmm so what are you
into so like here on campus know like like
lobbies or my stuff yeah if I wasn’t doing business I wanted to major in
fashion holidays yes I know how to sew and I really like to draw but um it’s
not as lucrative but um coming to MC I’ve been able to extol like keeping my
hobbies and like explore them because like for an elective I chose a drawing
class so that was really good I’d love to take a video work sometimes I how
about you what are some nude I’m really into music like music is my passion like
a lot like music is the main reason I learn English when I was like 5 years
old when I first came here I was in a car with my dad and he took me to work
because I only could find a babysitter at the time and you throw on this
Coldplay song have a D listen : all right so they have this one really
famous song called clock so it goes done and then that and then it’s like the
moment I hear the opening piano like I’m instantly hooked like that just it
sticks to my head and then I hear the lyrics and then like I asked him what
the song is then he tells me the song and then from that I’m just hearing the
song over and then like on my first day of school
I’d know a word of English and like the only I could tell my teachers were like
the song lyrics that was all I could tell them like they thought I was crazy
like they literally called my mom down like is your son okay
dude does he need like help like mental helps like psychological help and I just
I just don’t know it’s fine like I just it’s just a really great song oh so do
you sing yeah sing a little bit and plans to play guitar either acoustic or
electric well that’s so cool see I don’t know how
to play any instruments oh that’s very admirable oh thank you hmm um what are
some involvement here on here so when I first came here I was one of the
students who just like once a class I went home but like I’m one of those
people that you know whatever situation and you try to make the best out of it
so I just I had a friend he told me man you need to go out and like meet people
and do stuff because just going home that’s just really boring man you’re not
gonna do anything and you’re gonna like feel depressed anything and then one day
I just thought you know what you’re right and then so I I joined one of his
clubs that getting Democrats really great clothes yeah and then after that
couple months in there I thought you know I need to go out look for more more
clubs and then I looked into the Latino Student Union really great club like it
just talks about everything that I stand for with like immigration with Hispanics
and everything just connects a whole community together what do you do
exactly in that Club so what we do is we look for anything related to like
Hispanic culture like the Hispanic community right now we’re looking to
work with like daca recipients and daca students recently our vice president our
president went to Florida for a trip they talked about like politics and like
South America there’s like some crazy stuffs going down there right now yeah
yeah yeah so are you a taco recipie yeah I’m a dog person
oh all right and like how does that play a role in your life so basically it’s uh
it’s okay I mean the only bad part is like I can’t travel and that’s what
really bothers me because like I’m a really adventurous person like I want to
go out there and just meet new people like try new things and everything I
didn’t know I was like I didn’t know I was undocumented until I was six when
like my cousins who are like American War citizens they were going to Peru to
visit our family and like I really wanted to go but then
my mom was like no go and they they wouldn’t tell me until
like three or four days later and so I was just banging on the door like you
have to tell him you have to tell me they just sat me down something yeah you
weren’t born here you were born in Argentina and I thought oh okay
understandable and then I didn’t officially I think I found out where I
was I was I got in the program when around President Obama was still in
office was in 2012 when I saw my parents jumping and crying like watching the TV
as he gave me a mouth and everything yet effective immediately the Department of
Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from
these young people over the next few months eligible individuals who do not
present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request
temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work
authorization yeah well maybe it’s a good thing you ended up at Montgomery
College because I know that they have a lot of resources oh definitely do yeah
it’s a great college especially if you don’t know what you want to do and to go
on from there yeah being adopted I feel really lucky because while I first had
Korean citizenship now that I have parents who are US citizens I was easily
able to get US citizenship and having a lot of daca recipient friends like and
just hearing their stories I’ve learned how difficult it is for other people to
get citizenship and so yeah I just hearing your story I feel really really
grateful I keep hearing stories that Donald Trump
has to wait ten twelve years to give like daca recipient citizenship and I’m
just like wow that’s that’s I don’t know if I can retell him but at this point
I’m just I’m optimistic you know anything in having at this point you
know that’s good yeah and I feel like all the daca recipients that I know like
they’re some of the most hard-working like students yeah
yeah I definitely hope to see something’s changed I think they will
one thing I want to see change is this tale type that Hispanics or Mexicans are
taking like people’s jobs I don’t understand that like I don’t know how
that’s even possible like is there a spanic person comes up has a gun to your
head and is like yo give me your job just do you see that gives you that know
what I look at is as like the job market place it’s like either be in basic you
know the job goes to someone who works harder who’s willing to put in effort
and you know just be there so what do you remember about the dobson process oh
I was raised in Korea by my birth mother and then she was the one who brought me
over to the United States so that’s very non typical for adoptions usually you
know people go through an orphanage or an agency but my birth mother decided to
bring me over here and I was unaware that I was going to be adopted so when I
did find out it was a bit shocking but now I know why she gave me up for
adoption and that’s because she loved me so much and she wants me to have a
better opportunity I’m here in America and I’m really happy that she made that
choice because now I have a loving family I have a mom and dad and two
older brothers and so yeah first being adopted it did take a bit of a cultural
transition learning English was a big challenge for
me so I was in Esau for the first year that I was here well I can relate to
that Duff you are a nice area and then yeah but I feel like you know being
adopted at five was probably a good age because that’s when your brain still
developing so it’s able to quickly learn the language being immersed in it and
having to use it but yeah I remember first coming here and first thing the
house that I live in now and thinking wow it’s so big you know and here it’s
like a pretty like fairly small house but compared to what I was living in in
Korea it seemed like a big difference yeah your life in Korea compared to what
you have right now in America mm-hmm so other than like I guess size of housing
I think the work culture is very different like I’ve heard that in Korea
people work very long hours and so I feel another thing that I’m grateful for
here in America is that where while we you know are able to go to work it’s
important to have a home work balance so yeah I feel like I would definitely be
more stressed if I was still living in Korea so are you involved in any other
club yeah I stand at the future female leaders club yeah I support strongly
with equality with everyone I think females play a big role in society and I
think no we would not be anywhere opposing for like something that I’m
interested in so like what do you do exactly in that we try to do everything
like well the last meeting outlines here we try to schedule a movie where we show
movies and raise money for like charities
it’s like associated with like I don’t know like raising money for like Planned
Parenthood all the other stuff but if I just never
went through so tell me it was more about the Latino Club that you’re in
yeah it’s really great we get together like every Wednesday at like 3:00 3:30
you talking we try to come up with programs right now we’re thinking about
doing a dance soccer turn in there just get everyone like integrated I know have
you met any interesting people there honestly yeah a lot like a good amount
of people people from like different countries I thought I’d never meet
honestly it’s pretty interesting so it’s not just for like oh no it anyone can
join you don’t have to speak Spanish even in the meetings we speak English
like yeah that’s the funny thing yet that’s cool
what are you doing campus yeah so I’m involved in the Macklin Business
Institute so it’s a business Honors Program here at Montgomery College and I
am involved in a bunch of other things that are underneath that umbrella so I
work at the MBI cafe have you ever passed by it in the Campus Center yes
yes yeah so it’s like they’re probably surfs Starbucks so some roles that I
have there are I’m a barista and then I’m also on the operations team so I
order supplies and then I also do an actus so an actus is a nonprofit
organization that partners with montgomery college and basically their
mission is to encourage college students to help others through entrepreneurial
actions so yeah I know that’s a lot but um see I’m the co-president of that and
one of the projects that I’m really passionate about it’s called our stories
so we go into local high schools and we help ace all students write personal
stories and then we publish all their stories into a book and then we help
them sell the book and raise money for their program so yeah as a former isaw
student I find great joy spending time with
those esau students and helping them improve their literacy and classroom
engagement and then also teaching them about business also what inspired the
whole thing this woman definitely during my gap year when I worked at the yarn
shop it was a all women run business and so
I’m seeing the ins and outs of you know creating the product and marketing it
yeah it’s really inspired me you know my mom was a big business funnel oh yeah
yeah she on occasion during the spring she likes to do her own little yard
sales I’m like yeah I think that’s another reason why I chose business is
because it applies to almost every aspect of yeah and it’s very applicable
and whatever I you know the degree that I get with business I can apply it
anywhere yeah basically yes yeah so it was nice
to know talking to spending time it’s really interesting hearing about your
story about like how were you adopted coming from Korea seems like a long
strong powerful cheering thank you yeah thank you for sharing their own oh thank
you I really enjoyed listening to your story as well especially since you’re a
doctor recipient and I wish you the best of luck with your study
thank you – thank you nice meeting you have a good one you too you

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