Anyone who spends more than a few minutes around Florida State College at Jacksonville quickly recognizes the amazing wealth of personal experiences within the student population here. For thousands, FSCJ is a place to launch a new beginning in their educational and career path. For some, it is something even bigger than that. Hundreds of students in the college’s programs have arrived in America from foreign soil. Many of them are using their opportunity at FSCJ not only to gain knowledge and technical expertise to improve their job skills, but also to continue their process of adapting to life in their new home.
Those of us in the Converged Communications major have likely met one of these students during their time in the program. Edyta Telka-Choquegonza came to the United States from Poland 14 years ago. Today, she lives in Jacksonville with her husband and children. For her, as for millions of others over the centuries, America has been the land of opportunity. Edyta graciously took a few minutes to talk about her story and how it has shaped her life in the New World – the cultural adjustments, the thoughts of people and places left behind, the bureaucratic hurdles, and the thrill of hope in building a bright future.
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