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Change in DNA Traits- From a Recluse to a Gregarious Person!

Albert Einstein once said, “Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometime seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know that man is here of the sake of other men.” Being a purebred Nigerian, my experience of what life is, has been on the inside, the soil of Africa-Nigeria to be precised, but after having the opportunity to come over to the land of milk and honey, America from August 2009 to July 2010, I was happy. When I came, by then all hopes and dreams were no longer dreams, all these have become reality. Every second I have spent in America is worth more than a million dollar to me. It has been an exceptional journey and adventure of life. It is incredible to see how time has flown from the beginning of the year and gradually coming to the end of the year. I once remembered myself as the shy, conservative, “mind your business,” type and generally an introvert. The fact that I find myself amidst people, who love, cherish and adore me is part of my remarkable expedition and the fact that I do not deserve it is another. My host mom, Evie, has been part of my life, stays in everyway, and has made it honorable. My host brothers, neighbors, friends, teachers, family, and the people around me have helped me to see and show the better part of myself in different ways and methods. All events and holidays such as Halloween (which was a scary moment), Thanksgiving, Christmas(getting presents), New-Year celebration, Valentine, Easter and many more is what has made life more fun. It has shown me care, charity and the importance of family and social life. My school life, teachers, and students taught me humility, respect responsibility, and that there is a future for anyone who believes. Being in service club also made me realize that there is joy in helping and that volunteer service is beyond a philanthropic act. The improvement in my social was better than I taught it would be. I participated and engaged myself with other people, building a relationship of mutual attachment that will last forever. Homecoming, dances, going to games and extracurricular activities, sledding, snow (cold but cool), feeding the ducks, painting, helping others, and my first wedding(prom which was exuberant) were the most appreciated and lovely events. Despite all these good memories, there were challenges as a teenager I had to face; laziness was my biggest challenge apart from making decisions. I was reluctant to doing my homework and started making flimsy excuses for what I did not do. Procrastination was the foundation. I also realized that being 16 in the U.S. is a big responsibility because I had to make decisions solely, which I am not accustomed to. In order to get to the end you had to pass through it and with the help of the people around me, I went through it. My favorite American dishes include Pizza, Hamburgers and fries, chili, Lasagna etc. My transformed attitude, life and behaviors are subject to the help, encouragement of the Iowa Resource International Service(IRIS) Staff, my mom, teachers, students, brothers, neighbors, and friends alike, each of them with their secret gifts, magic portions, lively notion which has been shared with me. I am forever proud to be an alumnus of IRIS and Youth Exchange and Study (YES 7), a student of Jefferson High School, and a member of Cedar Rapids Community at a whole. Just a tit bit of my change in DNA. To be continued...

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GemstonePink wrote on February 28, 2015, 4:18 PM

Such a lovely experience you choose to share with us. I am so glad you have such positive memories to hold forever.