My First Day in America - Episode 3 - Xavier Lopez

"I remember being so proud when I read like my first full book in English, which was ‘Holes.’" Xavier Lopez moved to the United States from Ecuador as a boy. This what happened on his first day in America.

‘If you if you have good intentions, things work out’

A fresh start

Hi, my name's Xavier Lopez. I came here to the United States from Ecuador when I was 8 years old back in 2002. My first day in America was a little hard for me because I was, I didn't want to be here at the time. I mean, I was very young. And I didn't want to leave all my family over there. It felt like we didn't have an option as kids. When we first came here to the United States, we lived here at my aunt's house. This is a place where she had already set up a place for us to stay in the basement. She owned the whole place, which was great because by the time we got here, we didn't know anybody else other than our family. And she was able to put us there even though my parents didn’t have a job at the time or anything.

Home is where the heart is

Corona is a big Ecuadorian, Mexican, Colombian neighborhood. It's kind of all flavors of Latin American communities here, which is one of the great things about moving to this part of the United States. We were at a place where we could get by being immigrants and barely knowing the English language. It was very helpful as a transitional period in our lives. This is an area where we would come on the weekends like take a nice little stroll around here, this little shopping district. because there were many things to do.

Permanent Residence

I miss Queens a lot. My heart's always with Queens because like everything so familiar. Just kind of feels like at home with all the noises, you know, like the Spanish speaking and like the loud honks, that somebody's playing reggaeton somewhere. There are things along the way that seem insurmountable. But if you stick it out and if you if you have good intentions, things work out.


12/11/2019 11:19 AMupdated: 12/11/2019 2:04 PM


  • Brooke C.
    05/01/2020 00:13

    It must have been scary not speaking the language. My parents came from Britain when they first came here, so the transition was easier

  • Elba U.
    02/29/2020 05:16

    Y nurmoee,,,smem

  • Ilana L.
    02/26/2020 16:55


  • Astha K.
    02/25/2020 05:38


  • Jose M.
    02/21/2020 21:48

    this is junction

  • Isaac N.
    02/21/2020 06:26

    Imagine having to be escorted to school by the national guard - imagine having the police in your town beat you for no reason - not to discount your story - but my ancestors paved the way into America -

  • Juan C.
    02/19/2020 16:20

    I’m just the same as he is came here at 2 in 2001 but my family came out of need for a better life as many others do but most of the time I don’t understand why his family left if they had promising careers ahead of them

  • Gloria R.
    02/19/2020 14:55

    God be with you , young man. Congrats for your sunset 🙏👏🏻

  • Volkan E.
    02/18/2020 15:13

    Oh what a pity.Queens Brooklyn are the ugliest cities in the world.Oh you told your teacher you can’t speak English that’s ok everyone until high school pass their test because this educational system in U.S.A is producing morons all over the country only the rich goes to good schools.The rest is struggling to find the light end of the tunnel 🙂 Was I too harsh sorry your go to your teachers they will make you feel better

  • Cassandra S.
    02/08/2020 22:25

    Love this young man's testimony!!! He is inspirational!!! Hoping his mom and dad were able to transition their skills and find satisfying work in our N.Y. hospitals. May God continue to bless him.♡♡♡

  • Halima A.
    02/01/2020 23:26

    Que viva ECUADOR 🇪🇨 ❤️

  • Shonette S.
    02/01/2020 18:11

    Things do work out

  • Essie B.
    02/01/2020 16:02

    So relatable.

  • Dani G.
    01/31/2020 18:55

    Clothes for boys no girls gay!!😂😂

  • Naomi D.
    01/30/2020 03:01

    That’s astoria

  • Rz G.
    01/29/2020 22:49

    Everybody wants to back to ECUADOR at the first time!!!!

  • Martha L.
    01/26/2020 23:48

    Normally department of education give you test and they put en bilingual clases. And then you don’t have problems con the lenguaje.

  • Ayo I.
    01/26/2020 05:31


  • Nora A.
    01/22/2020 00:10

    America is not only the United States you ignorant. American is a continent

  • Graciela J.
    01/21/2020 17:21

    I can relate in some ways, specially my first day in school not understanding one word and playing with kids trying to blend in. It was sad to see Blacks had to drink from designated and separate drinking fountains since in México I never saw discrimination.😟

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