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Rosie G.

Greece-USA

15, High school student
Columbus, Ohio

I have lived in the United States for most of my life, but I will always be very in touch with my Greek roots. Since all of my father's family still lives in Greece, we try our best to go back as often as we can. I take great pride in being a Greek-American and sharing my culture with others. I dream of America being free from xenophobia, and as an immigrant, I feel that it is my obligation to always wear Greece's flag proudly to show that America is made up of people just like me.

Why did your family come to the United States? I was born in Athens, Greece to my mother who is American and my father who is Greek. My mother was a U.S diplomat stationed in Greece from 1985 to 2001. From living there so long, she grew a strong connection to the country. She learned how to speak Greek fluently, make Greek cuisine, and even converted to Greek Orthodox. My father worked at a small computer company in Athens. While she was there, she met my father and they got married and had me in 2001. While living there, my mother started to notice Greece's steady economic decline that did not seem to be slowing down. Good job opportunities were scarce and poverty rates were increasing. My parents made the decision to move to the United States to escape Greece's failing economy. My father, never having been to America, left everything behind including his job and his entire family. My parents wanted to ensure that I would be sucessful later in life and not get trapped in Greece's economic black hole, so they chose to leave everything behind and come to America to start fresh. America is filled with endless oppertunity, and that appealed to us. Now when I look back on my parents decision to move here, I am filled with copious amouts of gratitude.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? By banning my fellow Greeks, the United States would missing out on many great Greek traditions that other people also enjoy. Greeks are very proud and hospitable people by nature. We love sharing our culture with everyone through cooking, dancing, philosphy, and art. Also, every year, most Greek churches organize a Greek Festival. Everyone is welcome to the festival and people from all origins get to experience Greek culture, eat Greek food, listen to Greek music, and watch/participate in traditional Greek dancing.