My name is Franciely Paulino. I was born and raised in Samana, a touristy city in the Dominican Republic. There, you wake up to the rooster singing and the smell of coffee. I wouldn’t trade my homeland for anything in this world. I’m proud of being the Dominican. I migrated to this country with my dad to the Bronx at the age of 9. At the age of 14, I moved in with my aunt, and since then I have lived in Brooklyn.
As much as I love Brooklyn, I really miss my country, my family, and friends. I wouldn’t leave my cultural habits behind, I still listen to Bachata, Merengue, salsa, And Dembow everywhere I go and every time I listen to the music of my people make It reminds me so much of D.R and my childhood, We are happy, cheerful and very loud people.
Anyways, I’m in high school now, I’m a senior (¡Thank god!). Throughout the years
I have adapted so much to the American culture.
My friend Kamilah immigrated only a year ago, and she responded that so many things have changed. But one of the most interesting points she made was in Dominican Republic, she hardly ever interacting with people who were a different race or culture than her. Here in New York, she interacts with all sorts of people, from all over the world.
From hearing my friends’ points of view, I learned so much – as I hope you did, too. Immigration can be very complex, improving our lives in some ways and losing parts of ourselves in the process – and remember, immigrants come here for a better future, and we make this country better in the process.
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