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Woman says good-bye high school, hello as new U.S. citizen

May 22, 2014 may be one date that a certain young lady will remember forever. Not only did she graduate from high school that day, but on the morning of her graduation, she stood with fellow former immigrants and began a new life when she took the oath required to be a U.S. citizen. She is not a resident of North Carolina, but she is now officially a citizen of the United States of America.

Her journey began in the country of her birth. She came here with her parents in 2003. Her family settled in another southern state, where she grew, studied and dreamed of being a naturalized American. Her mother expressed immense pride in her daughter's hard work and dedication to have undertaken and successfully completed two tremendous milestones -- both on the same day.

There were 98 new citizens from a total of 37 different countries at the swearing in, which was held at the local branch office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The young woman said that she can hardly believe what she accomplished in just one day. Now, she intends to study at a local college for 24 months and then proceed on to nursing school.

This woman has accomplished what so many others may have dreamed of as they, too, made the sacrifices needed to come to a new country and make it their own. Immigrants who reside in North Carolina may also desire to take the final step and become a U.S. citizen. There are resources that can provide the help and guidance that can set a potential citizen on the path of their own new beginnings.

Source:, "Teen becomes US citizen, high school grad on same day", Julius Whigham, May 22, 2014

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