SJW: Being the new kid

Amplify your voice


Nashaika Joseph

PRINCIPLES SET: Carl Thelusma said his favorite quote is, “for I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, but to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11.

Nashaika Joseph, Staff Writer

Sometimes young people believe that studying in a different country is a privilege because they are able to experience other cultures, and learn from them but sometimes that’s not the picture that’s always being painted.

Carl Thelusma is a Senior in the Medical Academy at Inlet Grove. Carl was born in a different country (Port au Prince, Haiti) and came to America at a young age, although Carl says he doesn’t remember much as far as getting on a plane to America or knowing the initial reason for moving to America, what he does remember is the impact the states had on him and how his life changed to being the new kid in town.

“To be honest with you, I wasn’t aware at all that I was moving. Like any other kid, you think that you’re going on a quick trip with your parents, but I guess that wasn’t the case for me. But when I actually got here and realized we were here to stay I was pretty nervous and shy because I didn’t know anything or anyone here,” said Thelusma.

Many international students have to learn a new language to study and adapt that to a whole style of living.

“The main thing I can say that was hard was learning English and having to go to school and perform at a certain level. It was hard, I’m a kid from a third-world country. I don’t know anything, I was afraid of being teased and bullied.”

Like Carl, kids from different countries coming to America always have a tricky start but it’s that one helping hand that can turn a tricky start to smooth sailing.

“I just want to fit in. Even in Haiti, there are cliques in every turn, you are either too poor to be in one group or the other one is just too violent. I also wanted to have a chance to become a pro football player, I love football. I even played it back in Haiti. It’s not till I got here that I realized people were so helpful and wanted me to succeed more than I believed it”.

Students often feel as though they can’t talk about their differences because of the fear of being picked on or not being able to assimilate to the American lifestyle.

Ms.Banks said, “Students from different backgrounds are a beautiful thing. They show you things you have never even thought of. They bring something to share with you that is important to them, we show each other our culture and we relate, we amaze each other with things from our upbringing and inspire and captivate ideas to turn them into something grand.”

International students and different cultures are what keep our world going. Never be afraid, dare to inspire and share your thoughts and opinions.

Thelusma said, “If you’re a student like me don’t be afraid, it’ll be okay. Times will be hard but I promise there’s a brighter side to everything, don’t be scared to make mistakes they will happen, just embrace it. No matter if you feel alone there will always be someone here and willing to help you, be you and use your voice”.