By Maddie McCulloch, Izzy Reynolds, and Alexis Fenton
The Spanish Honors Society had the honor of hosting Emory Holland during one of their meetings. Emory is from the Dominican Republic and was kind enough to share her experience with the new culture and language that came with moving to America. Emory talked about her life in the Dominican Republic. She mentioned how she lived in the pueblo la Noriega Santiago with her family. It wasn’t until her grandfather passed that her grandmother decided to immigrate to America and bring her family with her. Emory lived in Washington Heights and described life there as very fast paced compared to her life in the Dominican Republic. However, when she wanted to start a family with her husband, she knew that New York was not the best place for that. The two decided to move to Old Lyme, where her husband is from, for a more tranquil setting for their future kids. Emory now has a son and stresses how important it is to her, for him, to be immersed in the culture. She does this by cooking traditional food, playing music, and speaking the language to him on a regular basis. The Spanish Honors Society is very grateful that Emory took the time to share her story and give us insight into what life is like for someone new to America.
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