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Essay Writing On I Love My Country The United

First Impressions: Arriving, Getting Settled and Meeting My New Country
Learning cultures is my favorite thing to do. I enjoy interacting with new people very much. That’s why I am here, in the heart of different cultures congestion, in the United States of America. I have dreamed of studying abroad since my childhood and I am pretty sure that many students from different countries have the same feeling.

My name is Zhamal. I now live in the USA and study at Mira Costa College. I am 17 and I am here to make a difference in my life.

I will never forget my first day in the United States. I was so excited to come here. My friend Kasiet and I had a long trip to California via London. We arrived at the Los Angeles airport at 9 PM. We found our friend who was supposed to meet us at the international terminal, and we headed into the city.

Los Angeles is an amazing city, especially at night when it is sparkling with lights all around.

Two days after leaving my home town I got to my college town of Oceanside, California. I went to International Students’ Office and I met with my counselor and some other staff working there. They were very nice people and they tried to help me in many ways. It’s very important to set up a plan for the first semester, to choose the right classes for your major, and the counselor is always willing to help students with those sorts of things (or even with how to find the right bus).

During this short while I was away from Kyrgyzstan for the first time, I felt I had learned one first very important thing for myself. That is: always ask questions, otherwise you don’t get what you want - or at least, otherwise people won’t know what you want.

The next hurdle was getting registered in my classes for the fall semester. It was hard to find available open classes that I should take for my major as I started registering late – just 3 days before my classes started. Most of the other students had registered much further in advance, but I could not do this beforehand from my country. Finally and hopefully, I got registered in 3 basic classes (Math, English, and Accounting) for the fall semester.

Then my first college classes started! Of course, the first day at a new place is kind of weird, because you don’t know anybody, but I quickly got used to the college’s atmosphere meeting new friends.

At my college there are so many students of different nationalities. It was quite exciting to meet people from all around the world. You find many interesting things to talk about, and I ended up talking a lot about my own culture and tradition because most of the students I met had no idea about my country. My new friends got interested to know more about our culture and traditions. Now I understand how it is amazing to represent your own country and explain many things about it to people who have never heard of it. It made me proud of being a representative of my little country here in the US.

So far I have found that people living in the US are very friendly and communicative. What is immediately notable is that everyone is smiling to you, saying “hi,” wishing you to have a good day and asking if you need help (especially in stores and markets). I like being in such a friendly atmosphere very much. In my home country it is different. People seem to be too busy with their own things and are rushed too much. We also do not have this “smiling” culture. We do have friendly and good people in Kyrgyzstan too, but it seems now to me not as much as here.

In conclusion, I would like to say that it is wonderful to be an international student in a foreign country like USA. And I am pretty confident that I will succeed with my dreams and I will do my best to help other students like me by giving my best advice and suggestions.

First Impressions: Arriving, Getting Settled and Meeting My New Country

More than half the world’s population is under 30 years old. This prompted Global Shapers to make an unprecedented large-scale survey with a goal of determining the mindset of this young generation. The Global Shapers survey, published in September last year, revealed that these young people are concerned about climate change, environmental sustainability, corruption, government accountability, unemployment, and lack of economic opportunity among other issues.

To get a further sense of how these young leaders would like to change the world, I approached some of them with an important question: If you were leader of your country, what would you do? This is what they told me.

Clockwise from left; Jack Greig, Chethna Ben, Zanele Mabaso, Renard Siew, Desy Karapchanska, Khalid Machchate, Lorena Rios, and Meghan Stevenson-Krausz.

Jack Greig, 26, Associate at Teach for Australia, Melbourne, Australia

Invest in wellbeing projects because our children’s future demands it. As technology progresses at a rapid rate, we know that the future of work will look very different to the one that we are educating our children for right now. Schools around the world that are effectively educating for the future are focusing on wellbeing, and the things that matter, like how to strengthen positive relationships, enhance personal resilience and explore what it means to be a contributing global citizen. In other words, students in these schools are not just being taught the facts, but are learning how to think and thrive in our complex and interconnected world. If we want to genuinely catalyze a shift to future-oriented teaching, we need to be equipping our teachers with strategies to practice and promote wellbeing on a daily basis.

Chethna Ben, 25, Assistant Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Focus on solving the socio-economic challenges in the country. I draw inspiration from the principles on Nelson Mandela: to dream big, walk to freedom, to be resistant, to promote equality, and uphold persistence and confidence. If I were a prime minister, I will be the first female prime minister in Fiji; a country which is beautiful, yet still developing. Much of this attributes to the insecurity for women and children and rise in crime. Gender discrimination at work, street harassment, and rape are becoming a growing concern.There is an urgent need to foster safety at home, schools, workplace, and the community at large. I have a vision of a nation where all citizens will be given due respect; regardless of sex, ethnicity, or disability. I will work with communities to alleviate poverty and ensure that every family has food on their table. I will encourage all citizens to play their part in facilitating economic growth, social security, and environmental sustainability.

Zanele Mabaso, 25, Regional Advisor at Girls Globe, Cape Town, South Africa

Make a commitment to the country-level implementation of global and regional declarations, agendas and strategies. I’d invest in the socioeconomic empowerment and political representation, participation, leadership, involvement and meaningful engagement of young people and women. Science, technology and inclusive innovation through education, would be a national agenda and I’d commit to the prioritization of the health and wellbeing agenda of every woman, every child and every adolescent everywhere. The protection of human rights of all citizens and non-nationals would be at the heart of development and progress. Ensuring the nation understands the constitution and relative laws, I would challenge violations and call for policies that are more responsive, inclusive, holistic and for “everyone”.

I’d encourage youth-led entrepreneurship, intercontinental trade, and infrastructural development by investing in holistic quality rural and township development. Most importantly, I would serve (not rule) through the basis of equality, by being a steadfast feminist.

Renard Siew, 29, Environmental Advisor at Sime Darby, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Counter intolerance and extremism in all its forms. Almost everything these days have reached its tipping point. When you look at politics, the world is now more divided than united. When you look into the economy, there are clear gaps between the rich and poor. When you look into ideology, faiths, and beliefs are being manipulated. There are always two extremes. I would strive really hard to promote moderation within the country. The concept of moderation embraces a wide range of issues, from religion, social justice and political systems to the challenges that the global economy faces. I would lead by example and choose to practice moderation in my thoughts and actions rather than just talking about it.

Desy Karapchanska, 29, Curator at Global Shapers Community, Athens, Greece

Try to improve the education system and the lifestyle of citizens. A small but crucial improvement would be the increase of first grade teachers' wages.

First-grade teachers are the most important influencer to children after their parents, and the ones by which children will spend more time during the creative and vulnerable ages of 6-10 years old. These experts should be paid well as one’s lifestyle and everyday life reflects their mood and attitude. You cannot expect someone living on the minimum wage to inspire, educate and mentor your children.

Additionally, I would develop new city parks that will improve citizen’s physical and psychological health, strengthen communities, and make cities more attractive places to live and work.

In my country, Greece, I would do everything possible to prevent the brain drain the economic crisis has caused and together with young people fight for a better tomorrow.

Khalid Machchate, 24, Chief Executive Officer at Kandw Technologies International, Rabat, Morocco

Push tax reforms on monopolies in my country to help small and medium-sized enterprises flourish. I would create easier foreign investment policies in education and scientific research, encouraging companies to create R&D centres in Morocco, opening opportunities for repressed talent. I would create open-market policies, pushing innovation and innovators further, giving them access to proper tools. I would create procedures which stopped corruption, and help to rescue initiatives from crumbling due to lack of funding. But first of all, through a massive national campaign with all private, public and social hands on deck, I would work non-stop to reduce our 48% illiteracy rate at least by half before hoping to see the other changes emerge.

Lorena Rios, 28, Consultant at Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), member of IDB Group, Asuncion, Paraguay

Paraguay currently has a demographic bonus, 70% of its population is young, under 35 years. If I were prime minister there are several challenges as a country, personally, I would work on to improve governance and regional integration. I will love to continue working at Paraguay Plan: building a nation inspired by the following vision. Paraguay is a competitive country, among the most efficient food producers in the world, with booming and innovative industries that employ skilled workers. We're also a supplier of products and services which promote the knowledge economy. We feature highly in social development indexes. We are connected and open to neighbors and the world. We are environmentally and economically sustainable, with high levels of legal and citizen security, with attention to indigenous peoples and a strong roles for women. Young people with vision are leading the way in our country, with a democratic, supportive, transparent state that promotes equal opportunities.

Meghan Stevenson-Krausz, 26, Global Shaper, San Francisco Hub, San Francisco, USA

If I were President of the United States, I would make all education through the collegiate level, or equivalent, free. Education increases opportunity for everyone. But not all education is equal. Currently, US public schools are funded through property taxes. In areas where property values are low, taxes are low, and schools face a shortage of revenue, forcing already cash-strapped teachers to buy supplies out of pocket. I would nationalize the system and create a pool from which all schools are funded depending on the number of students and the needs and valuation of that community. In addition, I believe we have overvalued the college diploma and undervalued trade schools. College is not right for everyone, yet in today’s economy, it is increasingly difficult to make a living wage without a diploma. As President, I would build a stronger trade economy through existing union networks to empower individuals through opportunity.


The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

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