My New Life in California

Being an international student in the U.S. is not easy, but so rewarding! Nguyen (Danny) from Vietnam shares his experience studying in California, USA.

Hmm… Where should I begin? I still can’t believe I’m studying in America right now, the country I always dreamed about. I knew America from many sources: Television, social networks, and magazines. It’s a magical place where different cultures unite.

I will never forget the day I applied my files for Long Beach City College in California. It turned everything from my dream to reality to have a chance to study in America. But the length of time to wait for the files to be processed is quite long: One and a half years!

I will never forget the moment when I was on the plane to America. I could not sleep throughout the flight, I was so eager, so excited to have my new life in this beautiful country.

Everything was new to me. New roads, new school, new friends, new neighbors. I spent 8 weeks studying in the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) in Long Beach City College. This is the program designed for international students to learn English. This 8 weeks, to me is a miracle . I love everything about this program. The teachers are very helpful, thoughtful, and nice. They help you to improve your essential skills for academic programs. Furthermore, the best thing of all is the precious moment with international classmates. I learned many things from them, they were so nice to me and we had lots of good times together.

The worst part of this program is the end of it. Because when we finished this program, we would go on different paths and the good-bye part was the hardest. We rode on the very last trip together to Knott Berry Farm. I almost cried like a little girl back there. What can we do now when time flies so fast? I wonder what my friends are doing now.

I have to thank Long Beach City College for giving me the chance to experience this unforgettable moment of my life. Since the time I got here I have appreciated little things around me more, especially my family. I think I have grown up a lot now.

The life of international student is not easy. There are a lot of things to worry about from small problems to big ones because mommy isn’t around anymore and you have to take care of your things. Living far away from my family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Though I miss them very much, I have to stay strong because this is the life that I chose and “no pain, no gain”. I think that’s all that I can share with you right now. If you are reading this, I wish you have a good day.

Nguyen (Danny) Dang

Home Country: Vietnam

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