"My mom and I moved to the United States last year. She’s having a really tough time adjusting to the culture here. She doesn’t speak English very well and it’s hard for her to find a job. I’m working hard now to help her financially.. Family is very important part of my culture in Ethiopia - we have to support each other. I’m taking sociology classes at Montgomery College and working here as a cashier on the side. Working and going to college at the same time is tough but it is teaching me a lot.. I’ve learned how to manage things by myself --I even pay for my own phone bills and pay for my school! This is my first job and I’ve already learned how to be independent!"

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