I entered the United States in 2011 from my homeland, Iraq with my husband and two children. We had to rebuild our life here in Michigan. We were fortunate enough to have a supportive community that helped us break barriers and lead a happy life. My husband began working to support us, we were able to grow our family and had two additional children here in Michigan. I struggled with speaking English and wanted to better myself. I took several English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to improve my literacy and finally developed the courage to study and apply for naturalization though United Community and Family Services (UCFS) a local agency. I recently passed my interview and sat for my oath ceremony and I am now proud to say that I am a United States Citizen. This country has shown me how great opportunity really is. My future goals are to obtain my high school diploma and start a career path of my own.