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This is a short story of my huge admiration to USA.
My name is Marija, and I come from a tiny country in the Mediterranean called Montenegro. This is a country where the mountains almost clash with the seaside, and its hospitality has no limits. Furthermore, this is a country with such a dynamic historical background – Montenegro is one of the youngest sovereign countries in the world. I love that I am a part of a generation who is old enough to remember the day Montenegro became independent, but young enough to live my adolescent years through its sovereign, fast-paced present reality. I also belong to a generation that will hopefully experience Montenegro becoming more diverse and accepting of others’ thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. I am proud to be a Montenegrin, but above all, proud to be a global citizen of the 21st century. Throughout my involvement in different organizations, primarily the young scouts of Montenegro, I was able to meet people coming from various countries, which best shows in our cultural differences. I truly enjoy learning about others and teaching them about myself and my own culture. Unfortunately, because of its geographic distance, I have not yet met any American students of my age – but I was always curious of how they think, act, how they grew up. Unites States of America, one of the most influential countries in the world and a country with the strongest economy, most famous world singers, and most watched, Hollywood movies and Pinterest posts must also have very interesting teenagers. The first thing I think of when I hear the world America on the news (referring to the United States) is its historical background – symbolized by the Statue of Liberty welcoming all of the happy passengers relieved because they have reached their destination. I learned most about the times immigrants came to the States on those large ships, exhausted from very long travels and in search of better life opportunities, through documentaries and encyclopedias. I was always interested in this subject because the number of people who were willing to leave their homes in search of a better, more convenient living environment has always fascinated me. America, being such a large country with its really diverse features – from cultural differences of its people, through climate, natural habitat and architecture, has always fascinated me. And also, the fact that this country remains united through all of its hardships and accepting of all of its people irrespective of their background, leaves me speechless at times. Today, the historical struggles of this country and its united 50 states shape the lives of teenagers and makes them easily distinguishable. My curiosity about American teenagers is endless. Not only that I would like to meet Americans from big cities, but also those growing up in the suburbs. I heard they must be driven from one place to another to meet their friends – something that fascinates me. Here, in Montenegro, we can just walk anywhere. Not only that Podgorica is very small, which makes it easy to get from one place to the other, but it is also very friendly and safe. Another thing that is very different is sports that we play here. Sometimes I hear about American football – a sport that is a complete unknown to me. Here we play soccer, volleyball, water polo and handball. Even though, basketball is probably one of the sports very common in both countries and you can see that we both love team sports cause of the evident team spirit and increased competitiveness, the types of sports we follow are very different. Lastly, another cultural phenomenon that Americans are famous for across the world are road trips. They sit in the car for hours watching their surroundings. I never fully understood this aspects of their culture because “road-tripping” is not so common in Montenegro. Maybe because everything is so close by, or because we are just focused on getting safely from one place to another in the shortest time period. Or because prices of gas are almost twice more expensive in Montenegro and our scarce budget does not allow for such luxury. Anyways, this is something that crosses my mind very often when I imagine life in the US. One of the most important differences between Montenegro and the United States that I would like to draw your attention to is time. I feel that people in the US have so many choices, which often limits them from fully engaging in one thing at a time. I believe multitasking is often not efficient or possible, and that is why having time to dedicate to things you truly enjoy is priceless. As I am writing this, a scene of busy streets of Manhattan, NYC, appear on TV. It is actually one of the most recent Hollywood movies with NYC being its primary shooting location. I am amazed by how many people are in that one street rushing somewhere. It is the middle of the day…so where are all of them going? Probably running to a business meeting. Or trying to get home in time to complete some errands they left unfinished this morning when they rushed to get on the bus. I often ask myself silently – do you believe that someone who is my age wants to experience that big city lifestyle once they graduate from college? I certainly do, but for now, I am happy in my little capital town. I obviously know that not all teenagers live those big city images – but that is all I know from the mass media. In Montenegro, all we have is time. Luckily, time has made us hospitable, and our country warm and welcoming. That can be seen at the American Corner by the Soccer Stadium in Podgorica, which is led my two very inspiring women who are willing to provide introduction to American literature, culture and values to anyone who decides to visit them. As soon as you walk in there, you are immediately exposed to a wave of positive atmosphere and your desire to visit the US becomes endless. I have attended various presentations of American guests in the past and what I saw were not Americans on one and Montenegrins on the other side. On the contrary, I saw citizens of 2 very different countries coming together to teach one another about each other’s’ cultures. And that makes me truly happy. At the end, I would like to conclude with a simple statement – irrespective of where we come from, the way we grew up, the things we were exposed to, we are all citizens of this planet. And by learning more about one another each day, we become able to understand each other better. Once we achiever mutual respect and understanding, while still maintaining a healthy appetite to keep learning about one another, we will be in a great shape to make a positive change on our little planet. As a Montenegrin citizens, I have a strong belief that we and the Americans are on a great path of achieving that. We just have to keep working towards it and not look back.