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Gonzales looks back on transition to United States

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Alondra Gonzales takes a snapshot with a Polaroid while visiting a friends house.

Alondra Gonzales takes a snapshot with a Polaroid while visiting a friends house.

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Gisela Lopez

Alondra Gonzales takes a snapshot with a Polaroid while visiting a friends house.

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ESTA HISTORIA ESTA EN AMBOS INGLES Y ESPAÑOL.PARA LEER EN ESPAÑOL DESLICE A LA PARTE INFERIOR

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Alondra Gonzales walked to her fist class in the United States close to another girl. As her and her new found friend moved through the halls in a school of more than 4,000 students she entered her class only to see she had only a teacher and three other classmates. Gonzales who is now a sophomore at Duncanville High School said she still remembers that first day of school like it was yesterday.

“The first week I felt very little. Not because I was short but because the school was so big,” Gonzales said. “I was really nervous because I didn’t know what to do.”

Although Gonzales was born in the United States, she lived in Mexico for the past 11 years. She has two other siblings and one of them recommended she return to the United States and finish her studies in here. So far she said there are a few things she likes about school here.

“I like the way they evaluate here,” Gonzales said.  “Also since the school is bigger, there are more students what means is more diversity and the school has the  space necessary for each course.”

While there are things she likes about the school, she said there have been a number of challenges.

“The English makes it a little difficult since sometimes I forgot words or how to form the sentence,” Gonzales said.

She said an example is in architecture where she does not understand very well at times.

“It is hard because I can’t talk to others so normal because I don’t speak the language yet,” Gonzales said. “There are students that speak Spanish so they help me if is necessary.”

Gonzales said the transition to America was difficult, but she said she had help with the process.

“My sister helped me a lot in the beginning to transition to America,” Gonzales said. “She also was the one that suggested I move to the United States for a better education.”

Gonzales said she has made some friends here in the States that have helped her as well with her transition.

“She is a good girl, she always tries to do something,” Damily Torres said.  “Even if she doesn’t understand it she finds the way to do it or sometimes she translated it.”

Gonzales said in some classes she doesn’t talk because she is afraid she will say something wrong. But she said there are classes like ESL with Mrs. Linda Kindred were she can be with people who are in the same case she is.

“Ms. Kindred help me because she speaks English,” Gonzales said. “With her in the class we have to talk and that motivates me.”

Gonzales also said the size of the ESL class is a big help to her as well.

“I think that class helps me because there are only four students and Mrs. Kindred give us more attention in class,” Gonzales said.  “This class helps me gain confidence because if I say something wrong I know she will correct me and will help me.”

Ms. Kindred tells her class the best way to learn English is to practice.

“In her class I have to speak more because this is what she encourages us to do,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales said she knows she has to work harder to make her future dreams become a reality.

“I want to finish the High School with good grades,” Gonzales said. “Then I want to pursue a degree at a good university in the United States.”

Gonzales said the next year when she gets more confidence she wants to be more involved in school activities.

“I want to try and go to more sports events,” Gonzales said. “I just want to be more involved in a club and maybe even try a sport.”

Kindred said she still remembers Gonzales and her other friends first day at DHS.

“You have progressed so so well because the first week I remember I would try to talk to you or tell you jokes and you wouldn’t even laugh,” Kindred said.  “Now you talk more and if I say a joke you laugh a little bit. So I know your progressing great and you learn so fast which is good.”

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Alondra Gonzales caminaba a su primera clase en los Estados Unidos cerca de otra chica.Asi como ella y su nueva amiga se movieron entre los pasillos de una escuela de mas de 4,000 estudiantes ella entro a su clase para ver que solo tenia a su maestro y otros tres compañeros.Gonzales quien ahora es una estudiante de segundo año de la Duncanville High School dijo que sigue recordando el primer día de escuela como si fuera ayer.

“La primera semana me sentia muy pequeña. No por ser pequeña si no por que la escuela era muy grande,” dijo Alondra. “Estaba realmente nerviosa por que no sabia que hacer.”

A pesar de que Gonzales nació en los Estados Unidos, ella vivio en México por los ultimos 11 años.Ella tiene otras dos hermanas y una de ellas le recomendo que regresara a los Estados Unidos y terminara sus estudios aqui. Hasta aqui ella djjo que le gustan algunas cosas de la escuela de aqui.

“Me gusta la forma de evaluar de aqui,” dijo Gonzales. “También por que la escuela es mas grande, hay mas alumnos por lo cual significa mas diversidad y en la escuela el espacio necesario para cada curso.”

Mientras hay cosas que le gustan sobre la escuela, ella dijo que ha habido una serie de desafios.

“El ingles lo hace un poco dificil ya que a veces olvido palabras o como formar una oración,” Gonzales dijo.

Ella dijo como ejemplo en arquitectura donde ella no entiende bien del todo algunas veces.

“Es dificil por que no puedo hablar con otros tan normal por que todavia no domino el idioma,” dijo Gonzales. “Hay algunos alumnos que hablan  español que me ayudan si es necesario.”

Gonzales dijo que la transición a América fue dificil, pero ella dijo que tuvo ayuda en el proceso.

“Mi hermana me ayudo mucho en el comiezo de la transición a América,” dijo Gonzales. ‘Ella tambien fue la que me sugirio que me trasladara a los Estados Unidos para una mejor educación.”

Gonzales dijo que a hecho algunos amigos aqui en los Estados Unidos que tambien le han ayudado con su transición.

“Ella es una buena chica, ella siempre intenta hacer algo,” dijo Damily Torres. “Incluso si ella no lo entiende ella encuentra la forma para hacerlo o a veces lo traduce.”

Gonzales dijo que en algunas clases no habla por que tiene miedo a decir algo mal. Pero ella dijo que hay clases como ESL con la maestra Linda Kindred donde ella puede estar con gente que esta en el mismo caso que ella.

“Ms. Kindred me ayudo por que ella habla ingles ,” dijo Gonzales. “Con ella en la clase debemos habler y eso me motiva.”

Gonzales también dijo que el tamaño de la clase de ESL es una gran ayuda para ella también.

“Creo que esa clsase me ayuda porque solo hay cuatro estudiantes y la Ms. Kindred nos da mas atención en clase,” dijo Gonzales. “Esta clase me ayuda a ganar confianza porque si digo algo mal, se que me va a corregir y eso me ayudara.”

Ms. Kindrad  le dice a su clase que la mejor manera de aprender el ingles es practicarlo.

“En su clase tengo que hablar mas porque esto es lo que ella nos anima a hacer,”dijo Gonzales.

Gonzales sabe que tiene que trabajar duro para que sus sueños futuros se hagan realidad.

“”Quiero terminar la escuela secundaria con buenas calificaciones,” dijo Gonzales. “Entonces quiero seguir en una buena universidad en los Estados Unidos.”

Gonzales dijo que el próximo año cuando ella consiga más confianza ella quiere estar mas involucrada en actividades de la escuela.

“Quiero intentar ir a más eventos deportivos,”dijo Gonzales. “Sólo quiero estar más involucrada en un club y tal vez incluso intentar un deporte”.

Kindred dijo que todavía recuerda a Gonzales y a sus otros amigos el primer día en DHS.

“Has progresado tan bien ,porque la primera semana recuerdo que intentaría hablarte o contarte bromas y ni siquiera reirías,” dijo Kindred. “Ahora hablas más y si te digo una broma te ríes un poco. Así que sé que tu progreso es grande y aprendes tan rápido que es bueno.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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