For my audio essay, I will talk about “My struggles in San Francisco and how I overcame it”
-: *background sound as a flight attendant is speaking and a noise as it is in the airport*
T: I remember that day was July 21st, 2015. That was the day I flew to the United States to pursue my education. I remember my parents didn’t come with me to the United States on the first time I flew in here because they were busy preparing the grand opening for their new office. I remember it was just the two of us flying to the United States, me and my high school best friend, Regina. We were so scared because we were only 17 years old, we were so young and naive and didn’t know anything about San Francisco.
As we stepped our foot outside the SFO, we immediately love San Francisco because of the weather. Back in Indonesia, the weather is too hot for us to bare with, so with San Francisco gloomy weather, we fall in love with it.
-: *uber driver voice*
T: We ordered an über to get to our homestay (we lived at the homestay because we were underage to rent our own apartment).
-: *sound of women welcoming us to our new home in SF*
T: Our guardian warmly welcomed us to our new home in SF. I still remember our guardian made us a hot chocolate because it was 12.30 am and it was really cold outside. She is Filipino, her country is really close to my country and that what makes us share a little bit of similar languages and similar cultures (Food and Tradition).
We couldn’t sleep at night for the first whole week since we arrived in SF because we still jet lag. Indonesia and SF have a 15 hours different in timezone. We slept in late morning and woke up in late noon, and we went out to explore SF.
At first, we really enjoyed SF. me and Regina explored SF together, we tried new food together and everything else together. Month passed by, I felt boredom attack because it was just always the two of us and no one else.
And oh by the way, we went to City College of San Francisco.
so, I made some friends at school, but it felt so different because I have a different cultures. I felt something empty because I didn’t find friends from the same country like mine who shares the same cultures and perspectives and who speaks the same language.