by Lawrence Wu
How long have you been in the U.S. for?
About five years.
What’s the hardest thing you faced when you moved here?
Communication. At first it was hard to talk to other people. But now it’s much better.
What do you do?
I’m a music teacher. I’ve been teaching for about twenty years.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
When my students don’t get enough credit for their effort.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever faced?
Well, I had six kids. So that was pretty hard. I had multiple jobs working for Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Nordstrom. But now I’m just a babysitter. But you know, life is sometimes sweet, sometimes sour. There will always be the good and the bad.
Where are you from?
I’m from Guyana, which is in South America.
How long have you been here for?
I’ve been in the U.S. for about four, five years. I work as a maintenance manager for a building.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve faced since you moved here?
The winters. Since I’m part of maintenance, I have to shovel when snow falls or fix the boilers when they’re out.
If you had one advice to give to a big group of people, what would it be?
Be yourself, and the inner side of you will shine.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve faced in your life?
When my friend wouldn’t give me a piece of gum even after I begged for it.
What’s on your hand?
Oh, this was me trying to ask for gum.
Are you guys together?
Oh, no, no! We’re just best friends who met in college.
Okay, thanks for everything!
No problem. But man, you just planted a bomb! Now we have something to talk about.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve faced?
When I had to close down my shop after over 31 years.
What kind of shop was it?
It was a Scandinavian shop that sold imported European goods.
Do you miss it?
Yeah, but I wouldn’t be having ice cream with him right now.
What do you do?
I’m a nightclub bouncer.
If you could give one advice to a large group of people what would it be?
Don’t touch shit even if you have gloves on.
In a previous version of this article, an incorrect photo was placed in the last slot. Under the Arch regrets the error.