So Worth It

Today I became an American citizen.

I was sitting at the Jury Assembly room in NYC, where the swearing-in ceremony takes place.

Dozens of people from dozens of countries, each one with a story, but all have one thing in common – they all chose to take the long, hard, and expensive way to come here. All wanted a better future for themselves and their families.

I too, nine years ago, decided I will become an American citizen.
My brain washed me with doubt and only saw obstacles.

For two years, I applied to eleven schools, saved every penny for application fee, wrote and rewrote my essays, passed language tests, applied for a student loan, and with my very last dollars, bought a one-way ticket.

Today I became an American citizen. And it was so worth it.

That Screenwriter