May 24, 2004
Good morning everyone! Professor _______, and ladies and gentlemen of Speech 101. My name is Sejal Shah. I am originally from the Mumbai, which is a large and busy commercial and financial city in India's Gujarat State. I am twenty-two years of age. I have been here in the United States for the last three years, and I am enjoying the experience very much. In the following brief remarks I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself and about what it is like to leave one's native land and to make a new life in a new country far away from home.
What I will chiefly try to explain to you is how the challenges and opportunities of America appear to someone who examines them from the background of a different country and a different culture. If you want to help me along a little bit you may try this little experiment.
Think of another country that you would really like to visit, and just imagine that you are going to go to that country as a student for just one year. Think about the challenges of language, customs, and the different educational system that you will find there. This will help me a lot by putting you in the frame of mind to understand my story.
I have come to the United States with the aim of receiving an education in an educational system that is in many ways richer and more varied than the one I experienced at home. I have a lively interest in accounting, finance, marketing, and business management and, to be very frank, these subjects are much more accessible to many more people in the United States than in my native land. Our Indian culture...