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    Posted June 15, 2012 by
    sreeman
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    Coppell, Texas
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    New citizens: Why did you become American?

    Wasn't born in America, but got there as fast as I could

     
    It was 21 years ago. I went to LSU as a graduate student when I was 21, in Baton Rouge - the city of the warmest and friendliest people I have ever met. My stay in the U.S. has come of age and I feel qualified to say 'America is the best' -

    best place to live -
    I have seen corruption in several countries, draining the life out of a common man. If you are among the less fortunate that are not related to a politician in power, every little thing involves bribery, going around offices several times and getting frustrated. I was pleasantly surprised when I could get everything done on phone, even as a student at LSU.

    best place to work -
    As an employee of small and large companies, and as a small business owner, I can say that in America, sky is truly the limit. Anyone can realize their potential to the fullest, as I feel that I have and continue to do so.

    best place to feel equal -
    I believe with all of my heart that America is at the top of the countries where any citizen, immigrant or student can feel equal, with the same opportunities and with the same treatment from others. Be it because of the way America has formed or be it the way American leaders brought about progressive changes in the society, I instantly
    felt as one among the Americans and never once changed that feeling.

    best place to raise kids and best place to lead a safe and comfortable life -
    As we visit other countries in the world, on vacation or on work, we enjoy the different cultures and tremendously appreciate the historical glory and the present day significance of each country. Nowhere else in the world I felt as safe and as comfortable as I do in America and I am glad and proud to send my kids to an American school and to watch them take in the great American culture.

    As for the question in hand, I am not really sure why I became an American citizen. I will let you figure it out.
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