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1.02 What is Citizenship?
Transcript of 1.02 What is Citizenship?
Student Name: Christina Curvin
Interviewee Name: Anna Gonzalez
How do you know the interviewee? Fictional character
Hello, my name is Christina Curvin and I am here with interviewee, Anna Gonzalez who is from Peru. So tell me Anna, what inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?
I wanted the best education possible for my children. In my home country there aren't very many schools with very many teachers. My children constantly tell me their dreams of wanting to become doctors after their father died of a rare disease. I knew if I stayed, there would be no hope. So I took a stand for my family and decided to move to America.
Sorry to hear about your husband. What steps did you have to take as part of the naturalization process?
It was a long process, but the very first thing we had to do was declare our intentions for moving to the United States. Then, I had to file an application. After the application, I scheduled and completed an interview with the USCIS, take a citizenship exam. Finally, I had to pledge my loyalty.
What a process! How would you describe how you felt about the process?
Truthfully, it was a long and emotional experience. There were times I felt stressed and worried about the future, as well as what will happen to us. I always questioned whether or not I would be making the right decision for my children. I prayed that all would turn out well. Other times I was hopeful and excited,hoping America would be everything we were looking for.
And how has citizenship changed your life?
Citizenship has changed my life in so many ways. My children are getting an amazing education, I have a job and a husband now, and I even have technology! It may not sound like a lot but in my home country, I never had anything "techy". My children are also much happier and healthier. Life is just so much better here.
Is your daily life different because of citizenship?
It is so much different ! Every morning I get to drive my children to school, I get the luxury of working at home, and I get to kiss my husband goodbye when he goes to work. I feel so much more independent, and I have so much more than I did in Peru.
Do you feel the process was worthwhile?
At first, I was a bit lost. Now I am so glad I did. This is probably the best thing I could have done or me and my children .
If you had to, would you do it again? Please explain.
Although the process itself was an emotional roller coaster for me,i would because coming to America has benefited my life so much! I love living here in America. Of course I miss my family, but coming here was the best decision I have made so far.
And lastly, where have you traveled here in the United States?
Well thank you Anna, for taking the time to sit down with me and answer all my questions. I really enjoyed our interview!
At first we moved around a lot trying to find the perfect place. We have lived in Texas, then West Virginia where I had met my husband, then we moved to Florida, where we are happily settled. Now, we plan on taking trips to visit the rest of the United States. Our first trip is to California. We are so excited!
◦What is the purpose of the naturalization process?
The purpose of the naturalization process is to see if people that aren't originally citizens of the United States are eligible to become citizens.
◦Does the process work well? In other words, does the process achieve its goals?
I think it does, because it questions whether they want to truly become a citizen with testing their knowledge. At least enough to survive in the country.
◦Would you change the process if you could? Explain why you would or why you would not make a change. If you would, include how you would change the naturalization process.
I think the process is perfect the way it is. It allows steps to verify the people becoming citizens won't just abuse it.