February 14th is traditionally known to be a day filled with flowers, chocolates and shared love stories. This year, instead of celebrating a customary Valentine’s Day, I commemorated a NEW event in my life, I became a US CITIZEN!
After living in the Unites States for nearly 14 years, last May I finally made the decision to apply for citizenship and make this country my official home.
I still remember the first time I landed in the United States. People were so warm and friendly, and I never felt uneasy or unwelcomed in this country. Needless to say, becoming a full fledged US citizen wasn’t a hard decision to make.
I checked in at the Homeland Security Office at 8:15 am. We, all the applicants, were grouped together, just waiting to be called for check in.
After check in, we went downstairs into the auditorium, where families and friends were already there, seated, waiting for us. Applicants seats were assigned and we were directed into our rows, eagerly awaiting for what was going to happen next.
The director of the Seattle Homeland Security office spoke to 76 applicants from 36 different countries who were waiting to be officially naturalized! When they called our country of origin we stood, and they told us that the next time we sat, it would be as Americans. We recited the Oath of Allegiance with our right hands raised in the air, watched and listened to President Trump’s message, and then sat as new American Citizens! Woot Woot!!!!