My name is May Myint Zu. I was born in Burma (Myanmar). Now I have been here since 2017 in New York. I’m immigrant. I’m student. I pass the grade 9 last semester. Actually in my country, I already past 9 grade. Now I study at International High School For Health Science. We have to study 9 subjects. Science, Global, Math, ELA, CTE, Reading, Advisory, Art and Gym. I have many problems to study. In my country, I have to study only 6 subject. English and Math subject are same but they teach the different method. When I free, I like to watch movies, using social media, and cooking. Sometime I like to go to shopping with my parent or friend and have a fun.  I think my particular good at listen to other people talking, when I talking someone I pay attention to them. When I talking someone looking at face to face. I more prefer this way. In truth, I really like to learn about baking and makeup creation. I think it’s a kind of art. I was really interesting in it. But now I need to study my future plan. When I got a chance to learn my hobby I must to do the best. Everybody have their hobby or their future plan. Baking and makeup creation are my hobby but it’s not my future plan.

I think when I immigrated my future is changing. Actually I don’t to come to New York but my education will change many thing. If I be brilliant at any subject I don’t need to go study abroad. Our family future will definitely change a lot. These all are changes to positive way. But I have problem to speaking. I’m not good at English speaking. On the first day to school I really excited to speaking. In Burma, we don’t need to speak english. Everybody speak Burmese language. That’s why I’m afraid to speak.

Burma has many problems. The one problem is economy. Our country have many unequal classes.The rich people are very rich and the poor people have difficulties making a living . The government doesn’t do anything about unequal classes. Our country has many other unfair about. It’s make me feel badly.

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Marjorie Preacely
July 18, 2018 1:53 pm

Hi May

Thank you for sharing your story. I would like to know what you think about the class situation here in America. We have a class structure as well; and I would like to know if you think we should strive to remove the class differences or change anything about it here in the US.

Also, I too love make up and read many beauty magazines and view tutorials on how to do certain make-up tricks. But it makes me sad how some women are not only interested in make-up but think that their beauty depends on make-up. What do you think about how society puts pressure on women to be “beautiful” or at least the media’s definition of “beautiful”?

I long forward to reading your thoughts.


July 13, 2018 4:16 pm

Dear May,

Thank you for sharing your immigration story.

As an immigrant myself, your story made me remember what it feels like to leave home to make a new home in an unfamiliar place.

I am really interested to learn more about your baking and make-up hobbies. What is your favorite thing to bake? What kind of make-up do you like doing, for example, the face, eyes or something else?

I look forward to reading more of your posts on Youth Voices.



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