Hope, faith, and coming out

  Talking about your sexual orientation can be scary. It may be hard for you or people you love to adjust to this change. Read a queer woman’s story of coming out. I want to preface my piece with this: I am by no means a refugee. I have not borne the hardships of displacement, ... Read more

Finding a job as an IT professional and refugee

It is hard for some educated refugees and immigrants to find  jobs in the US. Read about one refugee’s long journey to find a job as an IT professional. When I left my home country more than 5 years ago and decided to come to the United States as a refugee, I had a big ... Read more

My experience with opening a bank account

Getting a bank account is an important and exciting process. Read about one newcomer’s experience and advice. Getting a bank account was very exhilarating, and I was beyond excited to get one. I was stoked to be able to become my own manager when it comes to money.  If handled correctly, money can be a ... Read more

Coming to America as a transgender man

Some people flee their countries because of conflict. Others have even more reasons to try to start a different life.  Read about the story of a transgender man who is finally able to be himself. My name is Ali. I am 35 years old and I am a transgender man. I came to New York ... Read more
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Surprising things about tax payments in the US

Some countries do not have tax payments like the US. Understanding why you have to pay taxes may be hard if you are not used to it.  As a refugee and a newcomer to the United States of America, I was not fully understanding the idea behind paying taxes to the government. There were two ... Read more

Moving into a new house

Before moving into a new house, it is important to know your rights. You need to learn where to look and decide what is most important to you. We all dream of a clean, safe, and comfortable home to live in. I recall my search for a home back in 2010. I applied for many ... Read more

Solutions for missing traditional food

Some newcomers miss traditional food after coming to the US.  You can find replacements for some foods and search for others in ethnic stores.  Moving to a new country is challenging fin many ways. The most challenging aspect in my view is how to overcome cultural shock. This cultural shock happened to me and my ... Read more

The cultural differences of getting settled in the US

Cultural sensitivity and shock are common when first coming to this country. Most newcomers go through many stages of adjustment before becoming comfortable in their new home. If you ask two people to define the term “getting settled,” they will most likely give you two different answers, and that is a normal response. Both answers ... Read more