My life in Saint Paul

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by Sandra Opokua • Students sent their stories of coming to America, and personal observations of Saint Paul to the Saint Paul Almanac. The stories remind us of the uniqueness and richness of our city.

Hello. My name is Sandra Opokua. I am fourteen years old and I am writing about my life in Saint Paul.

Including a calendar, date book, restaurant reviews, essays and poems about Saint Paul, the Almanac is a rich resource for anyone wishing to explore the cultural and social depths of Saint Paul throughout the year. Almanac, held a writing contest for its students. Students shared their experiences of Saint Paul, which included neighborhood stories, coming to America, and personal observations of Saint Paul. The stories remind us of the uniqueness and richness of our city.

First of all, I arrived in Saint Paul on May 17, 2007. I arrived with my mother from Ghana in West Africa. I came here to be reunited with my grandmother and my uncle. My grandmother has lived in Saint Paul for ten years and my uncle has lived here for fifteen years.

I arrived in Saint Paul at the beginning of summer. I was impressed by the broad diversity of the population. There are African Americans, Africans, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, and Somalians. But in my country, Ghana, we were all in one uniform.

Also, when we went out, I was so shocked to see big stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, JC Penny, Kmart, and Mall of America. And I was wondering, who built these big buildings?

I saw big houses. My uncle took me to Como Zoo and I saw many animals I’d never seen before in my life.
And then one day, I was home and I received a package. When I opened it, it was a jacket. So I asked my uncle why he bought this big cloth when it’s hot. He said we were about to enter winter and I needed warm clothes.

The first time I saw snow, I wanted to eat it, because in my country we eat ice. So I went outside and touched it and threw it up into the air.

Saint Paul is the most beautiful city I have ever seen in my life. I would like to thank the people who made it possible for us to stay in Saint Paul. Thanks to all of them. We are grateful.