Washington, DCWashington, DC
Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park
Minico High SchoolMinico High SchoolBoise Capitol, ID
Thoughts on the first times in the USFirst impressions on the US
I just wanted to share some experiences on the first time I came to the US.
I came here in the beginning of August, 2004. I knew it was going to be hard, but it was exciting too at the same time. Everything was interesting for me: the new country, new school, new people, new experiences, new life. And, as I just said: everything is new, I think that the whole life is new, which means that I had to leave all my life back home, but I think the challange is worth experiencing. I am not saying it is all easy, but if it wasn't even hard, why would it be even worth bothering?
When I came here, it was the summer break. The school would start on the 23 of September, so I had about three weeks before school. So, my host family took me to the Yellowstone National Park. I liked this trip very much. We stayed there for three or four days. There are mountains and canyons, valleys and rivers, so it's very beautiful. And, what's interesting, there is hot boiling water running out of the ground. And there are hot water geysers shooting out of the ground. It is not dangerous, though, because of the fencing and tracks over the geysers and puddles. But sometimes, when the geyser is shooting out, the wind would pick up the drops of water, and it would get all over you. One time we tried to get through the shooting geyser and not to get wet. But, I can tell you, we were not very successful. I bet, it was funny to watch us trying to get through.
So, then the school started on September, 23. The name of the school I went to is Minidoca County High School, or Minico for short. There are about 1200 people in there only from grades 9-12. What was amazing for me, was the American educational system. I knew it was different from ours, but I didn't realize it was THAT different. There are three trimesters during the school year, and every student takes 5 classes in each trimester.
What I was able to figure out during my stay here, is that the America lives on the wheels. At least, that's what I see here, in Idaho. You just can't go anywhere unless you drive, or you find a ride. Most of the high school kids drive to school. The younger kids, and the teenagers that don't drive can ride a bus. There is a system of yellow shool busses all over the US. The bus would pick you up in the morning and bring you over to school, and after school it would drop you off, unless you find a ride.
And I also figured out something interesting, I think. I noticed that most of the Americans are more joyful and cheerful than our people are. They can choose what they want to do in the future, and if they have a desire to work at least a little towards achieving their goal, they would achieve it. I think this happens because they get the opportunities to have a personal and carrer development in the area they choose. And I think this is how it should be in the countries of the former Soviet Union. But I know that these countries are moving forward, and the people have a desire to have a better life, and work towards it, and that our countries will reach the top point of success one day.