Suusandy K.

  • Iowa

What does America mean to you?

By Suusandy K.
Des Moines, Iowa

My parents, like many, left their country to fulfill their dreams. Traveling over 30 hours to America, determined to discover new beginnings. My mom, born in Laos, arrived with $100 leaving all behind. Without English, her struggle paved my path. My dad, from Myanmar, arrived at 26, alone after his parents’ deaths. America hugged them tightly and gave me the opportunity to go to school each day, get medical treatment when sick, and accomplish my goals of becoming a nurse. America to me, is a land of hope and opportunity where immigrants and their families can build a better life.