My partner, whose name is Robinson, lives in Corona, which is in the borough of Queens. He works in Manhattan before coming to school every day. He has a job as cleaner. He gets to school every day by subway.
He came to the USA in 1998, from the Dominican Republic. His first language is Spanish, but he speaks English too. Liberal arts is his major at LaGuardia. He was born on April 27, 1979. His favorite number is 15 because he came to the USA on March 15, 1998. His favorite color is yellow, and his favorite food is pizza. Actually, he doesn't have enough money to buy expensive food.
Robinson came to the USA with his parents, but unfortunately, he doesn't live with them. Sometimes he wants to go back to his home country. He says that what he misses most about his country are the beaches, and what he likes most about the US is the dollars. Mostly, he likes to wear T-shirts and jeans. His favorite season in the USA is summer. His favorite sport is baseball. He has a computer at home, which he uses frequently . He would like to learn computer programming. His favorite holiday is Christmas. He is thinking about buying a car sometime next year.
He has taken ESL 098 at LaGuardia. He received a high school diploma before he came here. He says that Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the best mayor in the USA and that Bill Clinton is helpful to immigrants. He has never been in a serious accident. He has never won an award for doing something well. He has seen a James Bond movie recently called The World Is Not Enough, but he has never seen a show on Broadway. He has seen several states of the USA. He drives his own car, which his father gave him as a gift. He says that he thinks that he should spend at least three hours on homework. He likes to practice English in this class, and he also likes Spanish music.
I am going to write about my partner's emotional experiences. He had a dream when he was ten years old. He heard about Martin Luther King, and he wanted to make a speech like him. Two years ago, he came to the USA, and after a while being here, he was thinking about learning English. One day, he came to LaGuardia to find out how to enter. Finally, he was admitted to the college.
In his first semester, he took an ESL class. He told me that his professor gave him a topic to talk about, but he did not explain very much about it, so he was confused about it. He told me that he was frustrated over the teacher's failure to explain. He impressed his professor with his improvement in English. Two weeks later his professor gave him another topic for oral presentation. He studied a lot about it because he was interested in the subject. My partner told me that his next oral presentation was so good that his professor was excited. He said that he was delighted when the students clapped and the professor complimented him.
Robinson said that he had been sick when he was young and he was worried about his illness. He had heard from his friends that if somebody's temperature went up forty or forty-two he/she would die. When the doctor came to see my partner, the doctor told him that his temperature was 101. He was afraid for his life. After the doctor had gone, he told his father that he would be dead. When his father asked him why, he told his father what his friends had told him. His father understood and explained to him that whatever his friends had said about thermometers referred to a different kind of measurement.
Emotions can make a person happy, embarrassed, tired, upset, confused, frustrated, disgusted, amused, surprised, or sad. My partner has faced a lot of problems, but he has never felt bored to death. Finally he says that in order to succeed and live in this world every body has to face some different emotions as my partner, both good and bad.
by Mohammed Uddin