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Profile of Brazilian Exchange Student Amanda Casal Pompeo

10 September 2014

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in September 2014. The featured speaker is Amanda Casal Pompeo, a Brazilian exchange student to the U.S.

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[Amanda Casal Pompeo] When I first arrived in the U.S., my first
feeling was would I be able to handle all this difference?

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[TEXT: Amanda from Brazil]
This country is made of different people from different cultures.

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Even though you are foreign, you are embraced by this whole culture

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because the U.S. culture is not an American culture, it’s a world
culture.

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I had friends from all around the world.

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We would play squash.

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We would enjoy ourselves and learn from each other outside of the
school.

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And once you meet all these people and you learn from them, you do
have new eyes for the world.

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In the area that I work, corporate law, the models that we follow

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around the world, they are from the U.S.

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These people are creating all the solutions that the rest of the
world are going to follow.

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I want to go back to Brazil and teach my peers everything that I’ve
learned here,

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and how to come here also, and follow the steps that I’ve taken.

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When I graduated, during the commencement I was looking to these
9,000 students with me,

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having this feeling that they made it, we made it, like.

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You have to work hard, but at the end you’re going to make it.

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Here in the U.S., dreams come true.

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