Miss Breearna Mandla, from Brisbane (Australia), took out some of her precious time to give us her interview. We are really thankful for her time. Miss Breearna Mandla is a student at the Bringham Young University in Utah, USA. We asked her some questions to understand her perspective. 

Interviewer: What is the meaning of life to you?

Breearna: To have joy, gain experience, and live so that we can return to that God that gave us life. I firmly believe that happiness is not a destination, but found in the journey!

Interviewer: Please tell us about your motherland. Name and what it means to you!

Breearna: Australia. A land of freedom, innovation, and comfortable living.

Interviewer: Where are you currently living? How long have you been living there?

Breearna: United States of America. This is my third year.

Interviewer: What was your first feeling when you landed in a new country/or the first time you traveled abroad? How have your perceptions changed now?

Breearna: Honestly, the first time I landed in the USA, I was nervous because of the open gun laws. Homeless people were also an intimidating sight, but I was excited to be mingling among new cultures such as South and Black Americans. Years later, I now feel totally at home here. The relationships I’ve established here are as good as any back home.

Interviewer: What was your greatest challenge as an Immigrant?

Breearna: The constant need to be 100% self-reliant on a restricted visa.

Interviewer: Tell us about your best memory of challenging situations as an Immigrant

Breearna: Trying to re-enter the USA after an 18-month stay in Canada. I had many legal hoops, documents, and fees I was uninformed about that needed to be resolved in order to enter the country. It was extremely stressful, I was left without help and almost missed my plane.

Interviewer: Tell us how being an immigrant has impacted your personal life and family life. How have you changed

Breearna: I’ve gained a greater cultural appreciation for life. The food I eat is a lot broader and I enjoy the political, historical, and artistic perspectives I’ve gained through studying in and from this country. I feel less ignorant as an individual.

Interviewer: How is family? How have your family relationships changed?

Breearna: I have not seen them in three years. Communication is limited, but relationships remain close and happy. They are proud to see me chasing my passions. They miss me greatly. My younger siblings are losing memory of me being a part of their home life, but whenever I can save enough money, I travel home to see them.

Interviewer: How has this affected your other family members?

Breearna: They miss me greatly. I’m becoming a stranger to my younger siblings, the youngest being 12 but have inspired them to take bounding steps and chase their own dreams.

Interviewer: How has your relationship with yourself changed?

Breearna: I have a much greater vision and expectation of who I want to be.

Interviewer: Did you find what you were looking for? Where do you go next?

Breearna: I feel I am on the path. I know I will fail many times in the process, but failure doesn’t scare me, only giving up! Oh man, I would love to work a little while in Europe and continue establishing relationships around the world. Human connection is very important to me!

Interviewer: What are some of your best qualities?

Breearna: I’m patient, loving, and very hard working, so I gain dear friends wherever I go which creates deep ties to the land. “Home” is now found in many places.

Interviewer: What are some of your professional strengths?

Breearna: I’m reliable, honest, and willing to learn!

Interviewer: What are some of the professional challenges before you?

Breearna: Being as competent and competitive as my peers in an arts industry that is culturally different to the one I grew up with and also the legal restrictions associated with visas. Sometimes I feel, I need to work twice as hard to get the same results as someone born here, but it’s ok!

Interviewer: What are some of the personal challenges before you?

Breearna: Money and time.

Interviewer: How do you plan to overcome these challenges?

Breearna: Not sure. I’m playing it all by ear.

Interviewer: What would you do if money did not matter? What would your vocation be?

Breearna: I’d spend my days researching family history and reading books

Interviewer: Is there anything that you will like to share with your readers.

Breearna: Living by uncertainty sometimes, is ok.

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