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Introduction October 12, 2011

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If you moved to the U.S., which region would you like to live in? Why?

If I had to move to the United States, I think I would live on the West Coast. I would like to go to California, the “Golden State.” This nickname can be traced back to the discovery of gold in 1848, and fields of golden poppies can be seen each spring throughout the state[1]. It may sound a bit clichéd, since this state is one of the most representative of the “American dream”. But there are mainly three reasons for this choice: the weather, which is much sunnier than it is in Belgium, the educational programs that greatly interest me, and finally the people’s mentality.

California may not be among the 10 hottest states of America, the weather is still milder than that in Belgium[2]. And sunny weather helps to be in good spirits! That is important, because if I moved to the U.S., I could have some gloomy days without my family. I would also like to travel in the surroundings, which seem to be really beautiful and wild. Moreover, there are many touristic sites that are worth seeing, such as the Yosemite National Park or the Napa Valley, a region known for its vineyards. However, it is true that there is a danger of earthquakes in this part of the United States. Indeed, there are earthquakes every day, and several times a day, which is very surprising and quite worrying. Luckily, most of them are not powerful enough to cause problems[3].

Education is also something one should take into account. There are several universities, like Berkeley or Stanford, which have very good programs and reputations. Berkeley English Department offers courses in literature, in language and in writing[4] that seems really interesting. That could be a wonderful opportunity to improve my English skills. Besides, Stanford Law School offers courses that introduce the first-year students to legal institutions, legal reasoning and case analysis[5]. I have always been interested in law, so that could be a chance to discover another course of study and the educational system of another country.

Finally, the West Coast seems more attractive to me because of the political opinions in this region. Indeed, most citizens in California and Texas do not have the same opinions on abortion, same sex marriage or gun control. California seems more open-minded and liberal than the South. The number of Democrat representatives is higher than the number of Republicans[6] in the current state legislature, immigration is more accepted (even though some people still consider it as a major problem), and the death penalty is used less than it is in some other states. I think I could feel like home there.

There are many states that fascinate me, but California is maybe the most representative of what I would like be looking for if I had to move to the United States. These are just examples of things I would take into account, but what I really would appreciate, is a real adventure. For instance, I would love to undertake a journey along the West Coast: that would be my American dream.

Sources:

American Civilization: An Introduction, by David Mauk and John Oakland

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_California

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqscanv/Quakes/quakes_all.html

http://www.ca.gov/

http://www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/california/california-main.html

http://www.deathpenalty.org/article.php?id=48