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As George William Curtis once stated A mans country is not acertain area of land of mountains rivers and woods To some thisstatement might seem strange and contradicting the reality but I see asubstantial amount of truth in it These words refer to a person whowas born in a certain geographic area but at some point in life he orshe stopped considering that area their country The person no longerholds that place dear to his or her heart Moving from ones nativecountry to a better place may account for a persons change in loyaltyUkraine for me was the area of land of mountains rivers and woodswhere I was born and raised but after moving to America I found myselfmore loyal to this country because it offered me countless opportunitiesand resources to become successful in life Moving to America was adefining moment in my life that included a personal challenge a changein my everyday life and an opening of new opportunities Changing a place of home constituted a personal hardship for me in thatI did not fit into the American society right away When moving from myhometown in Ukraine I had to leave behind my grandparents and my bestfriend Dasha My grandparents were my babysitters and nearly raised meThey contributed much to my development as an individual My grandfatherengrafted in me the love for music by playing songs for me and teachingme to play mandolin violin and the accordion My grandmother hastaught me many childrens poems and Bible verses thanks to which I wonmany prizes at Sunday School competitions I became emotionally attachedto my grandparents from continuously spending time with them As aresult it was a true challenge for me to move to a different placewithout them Dasha and I were in the same grade for all four years ofelementary school that I attended in Ukraine She tended to understandthe material faster than I did and often helped me in completing myschool work Unlike
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