The Top 5 Things I Like About the United States

Sarah from Iraq shares the top five things she likes about the United States. What are some of your favorite things?

The culture of the United States is very interesting. It is primarily Western, but influenced by other many different cultures such as African, Asian, Native American and Latin American. For non –Americans, there is kind of different perspectives about the culture of the U.S. Some may like that culture or be impressed by it; some may want to adopt it as a new way of life. Some people may like some aspects of the U.S. culture and not like other aspects; as with any culture in the world, it has its own pros and cons. Like any culture in the world, it had its positive and negative aspects.

1- Creativity

This culture pushes individuals to be creative and rewards them for that. For instance, there are many contests and competitions in many companies. They ask for any innovation or any creative ideas in any project and offer rewards for that. This can be a motivation for many people to try to be creative and come up with innovative ideas.

My favorite place in New York City, the New York Public Library
My favorite place in New York City, the New York Public Library

2- Knowledge

There is very easy accessibility to all learning resources; including free public libraries and many other resources such as free online courses. All the most recent published best books and all learning resources are available. For those who want to learn anything, all the most recent resources are available, and some of them are free.

3- Individualism

By observing the American life and American people; the sense of Individualism is very obvious. It is a good value because it will lead the individual to be independent, which will drive the individual to be a leader and successful.

4- Freedom

I have been fortunate to visit a beautiful historic site of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
I have been fortunate to visit a beautiful historic site of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

This is what the U.S. is all about. Freedom of worship, the freedom of speech, the freedom in creating your own life. The American people do not have to say or do anything they do not believe in. They do not have to pretend to be what they are not. They can be themselves in everything. Freedom is the core of the American national values.

5- Diversity

This is really an amazing quality of the U.S. America just like the globe in a smaller scale. Many people are from different countries and different cultural backgrounds and all of them are Americans. These include, Chinese, Africans, Europeans, Latin Americans and people of the Middle East. People from different ethnic and racial background. The U.S. can be the home of everyone who wants to consider America as a home.

President Obama in one of his speeches said:

[quote]“We believe in a generous America, in a companionate America, in a tolerant America. It does not matter whether you are black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you are willing to try.”[/quote]

 

What President Obama is saying here relates to the qualities of Americans that I have been discussing. These qualities give Americans the sense that they have access to the nation’s shared life. The U.S. is a great nation, the land of freedom. It is the land of opportunity, which is why I say may God bless America.

international student voice magazine Sarah AlyasiriSarah Naji Alyasiri

ISV Magazine Correspondent, Region 10

Sarah.A@internationalstudentvoice.org

 

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4 comments

  1. Well written, and nice observations, Sarah.

    I am a US citizen living and working in Northern Ireland. I can certainly vouch for #3 (Individualism), #4 (Freedom) and #5 (Diversity) that you listed. Although the troubles have ceased in Northern Ireland, there is still a divide in the community between Catholics/Irish and Protestants/British. As the years go on, things get better here; but I can’t help but notice that I have a group of Catholic friends, and a group of Protestant friends. Sure, they can mix and get along fine, but its been difficult for me to adjust to this divided mindset and closed-off(ish) community. With the segregated communities, I feel that there is a constant tension in the air; and, thus, a restrictive lifestyle. The people here think twice before they go somewhere, who they talk to, what they say, and what they reveal about themselves. I can’t imagine growing up like that, but that’s the “norm” that they are accustomed to. Its for their own protection, really. Still, its odd for me – and, I think its quite sad. I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it – and, frankly, I don’t want to.

    You see, I embrace diversity – and, I think I do even more so having lived in Northern Ireland for over 21 months. Its relieving – and beautiful – to see a mix of people get along; and, nowhere is it more apparent than in the States. In Ireland, Galway has been the most diverse city I have witnessed, and I’d love to go back again. It was comprised of a very open-minded, free spirited society and filled with all sorts of people (young and old, black and white, Asian, European, and African). I felt more “at home” than anywhere else on the Emerald Isle. Galwegians express freely who they are, not who they are told they should be (or who they shouldn’t be). They seem to be free in the fact that they can openly express themselves, and thus there is more room for diversity. I suppose, if you want the freedom to express yourself, then surely you would support the idea for others to freely express who they are, whether you agree with them or not? Its all about open-mindedness, respect and appreciation.

    The fact is, from my experience, people tend to be happier when they have the freedoms to express who they really are; and, are generally, more open to others, regardless of their differences. Have you found this to be true too, or the contrary?

    In addition to your “Top 5 Things You Like About the United States,” I’d like to add 2 more of my own:

    6. Enthusiasm – Americans generally have a great sense of enthusiasm in things that they enjoy and support. We are prideful of our heritage/ancestors; we are die-hard fans for our universities/alma maters and sports teams; we love to give high-fives, thumbs ups and hugs; we love to be “American,” etc.

    7. Customer Service – although many people from other cultures are warm-hearted and hospitable, the customer service in America stands out for its “customer is always right” mentality. Some cultures just settle for things that may not meet their expectations and just say “it is what it is” and deal with it. But, if things aren’t as expected in America, generally speaking, you can contact the organization and they will act quick to resolve the issue, refund your money or send you something in exchange (with little questions asked). America is all about convenience, quality and good customer service.

    Sarah, can you add any of your input to my additions?

    • Sarah Naji Alyasiri

      Thank you Jackie for your nice words. What you just mentioned regarding Ireland is very interesting and insightful. I totally agree with you in everything you said.

      Regarding your question, I found it is true that the people who have the freedom to express who they really are; are generally more open to others, regardless of their differences.

      Regarding my input to your additions, I totally agree with you about Enthusiasm. It is not just limited to what you mention. It goes beyond that like the Americans are very enthusiastic about issues they support or oppose.

      In respect of customer service,I believe America has the best customer service in the world.

    • Sarah Naji Alyasiri

      Thank you Jackie for your nice words. What you just mention regarding Ireland is very interesting and insightful. I totally agree with you in everything you said.

      Regarding your question, I found it is true that the people who have the freedom to express who they really are; are generally more open to others, regardless of their differences.

      Regarding my input to your additions, I totally agree with you about Enthusiasm. It is not just limited to what you mention. It goes beyond that like the Americans are very enthusiastic about issues they support or oppose.

      In respect of customer service, I believe America has the best customer service in the world.

  2. I have to agree about customer service. It wasn’t until I traveled abroad I realized how accommodating we are in the United States and quickly (well, most of the time) issues can be resolved.

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