Leaving your country for another is almost like going to your aunt’s house for a while to visit. Except this visit will be permanent. And although you are excited about the trip, you are anxious because you don’t know if you the grass is really greener on the other side.
This is exactly how Constance Elnor says she felt, saying that she wasn’t sure if she was going to like the United States or not. She left her home country of El Salvador to pursue a better lifestyle for herself. Although she was unsure of this extreme move, she felt as though she had no choice but to take a risk, and so she did.
When she first arrived, she lived in Texas. She said she chose this area because her first language was Spanish, and she knew that many Spanish speaking people resided there. She wasn’t alone when she came here, however, she came with her son Hakeem Elnor.
He was 14 when they arrived, and says he was actually very pleased with the United States and how easy it was to learn English.
Although the two remember the experience as a pleasant one, Constance says she has some frustrations along the way. She was having a difficult time learning english, and therefore it was hard for her to get a job. “I remember thinking what am I going to do?” she says
Her main reason for leaving her native country was for the job opportunities. However, when she realized the difficulty she faced with being employed due to her language barrier, she felt discouraged.
“That’s when I made the decision to help myself.” She made it her priority to learn English, and she also worked to change the thickness of her accent to be more understandable. Now the change in her accent is noticeable.
Because it was such a struggle for Elnor to learn English and get a job she wants to help other like her who struggle when they come to the U.S.
Elnor says she wants to start a free program for new americans to learn English. She doesn’t want anyone to feel the insecurity she felt upon their arrival to America.