Prakash Shah is one of my classmates. He was born on December 26, He came from Lumbini, Nepal in January 2000. He lives in Wood side, Queens, and he doesn't work because he goes to college. He goes to la Guardia Community College to study liberal arts. He picked this school because it's cheap and it's close to his house. He lives with two of his friends in an apartment.
He came to the United States because there are a lot of opportunities, and also because this is the best place to become an actor, or a movie director, but he still missed a lot of things about his country, especially his parents.
Prakash likes to play soccer. He likes the summer because it is hot and he can go out with his friends. They like to go to the park to play soccer. He wants to buy a car so he can visit California next summer. He likes to listen to romantic music and he likes people who have a good sense of humor. On top of that, he likes computers. He is a good typist, and he has one at home witch he uses for about one hour every night to do his homework.
One day we were talking about our experiences, and he told me that when he was six years old his parents sent him to a military academy in his country, and at that moment he was afraid because he knew he had to leave his parents and live with his classmates in that school. He also said to me that from the time he got into that school, he was always nervous because he wasnít accustomed to living without his parents. Some students were trying to upset him by telling him that he was going to stay there forever.
Prakash stayed at the academy for thirteen years and he told me that the day he left that school he felt that he had come back to live and he was excited because he was going to stay with his parents.
He also told me that the day he knew he was coming to New York, he was happy, but at the same time he was worried because that was his first time visiting another country alone and he didn't know what it would be like. He told me that after he had arrived, he was happy because he was going to meet different people and see different places in New York.
He told me that three months after he had come, he had to live by himself, because his aunt was going to move to another state. That made him felt that he was not going to make it because now he was alone, but he still wanted to go to school and learned English.
He said to me that on his first day at school he got frustrated because he didnít understand anything that the teacher was saying, and after he left he got lost because he had taken the wrong train. At that moment he was frightened because he didnít know how he was going to get back home.
After all of that, now Prakash can speak English and he is in college working hard to get his diploma and then work hard to help his family and to go to his country and visit his parents. If all the people think like him there will not be a lot of problems in our countries.
by Victor Vialet