Prakash Shah and
Sivye Shimunova
Sivye Shimunova

Sivye Shimunova

Sivye Shimunova

      My friend Sivye Shimunova is from Russia, she lives in Forest Hills, drives to school every day from work. She works in an office as a medical assistant. She came to the U.S. in 1991 for the first time. She was born in Tashckent city, in a part of Russia, which is now Uzbekistan. Therefore, she speaks both Russian, and Uzbeckish. Her major at La Guardia is Nursing. She is twenty seven years old, has two children, and her favorite color is green. She also likes Russian food. Currently, she lives with her husband and her two children. The only thing that she misses about her home country are the people she grew up with.
      She doesn't have time to enjoy the summertime, but her favorite season is spring, during which she likes to play basketball and dance. She would like to speak English very well. Her favorite holiday is March 8, Women Day, which celebrates women in the country. She would like to buy a new car if she makes more money.
      Sivye thinks of Mayor Giuliani that he is stupid, I don't know why, but if she were mayor of New York she would open some free daycare for all the children who need it. Titanic is the most recent movie that she have seen, and she liked it. She has never seen a show on Broadway, and she hasn't seen much of the U.S. either. She would like to visit Israel someday.
      Sivye spends almost three hours a day doing her homework and she would like practice more grammar in the class. She likes international music, honest people and the freedom of this country. Sivye was talking to me about the bad and good experiences she has had since she came to this country. Sometimes she has felt frustrated, tired and depressed, but she has also had some moments of satisfaction, which made her feel happy, surprised and excited.
      At the beginning, when she first came to America, she felt depressed because she didn't know anybody here. She didn't have any friends or family, only her husband and her two children, a daughter seven years old and a son eight. She felt frustrated as a consequence of not being able to speak English. Now she is still frustrated because she is doing this class for the third time. In addition every day when she gets home, she feels exhausted because she works the whole day, and then she comes to school, but when she gets back home, she has to continue working with her family.
      One day she found five hundred dollars cash in the supermarket, which made her really happy. It was the first time she had even found something. In contrast, the first time she felt horrified was when she saw the news on T.V. about a mother who beat her son until killed him.
      Since she came from her country she has had many emotional experiences. Now she's focusing on getting her degree, which she hopes to finish successfully.
     by Sonia Ruiz