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The Interview (Narration Paper)

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It has been eight months since I first set my foot to America. I have already had lots of new friends and been used the lifestyle here, but I can never forget the time I prepared for the trip that would change my life forever. Throughout the application process I received lots of help and support from my family and friends but there were times I had to complete the hardest parts by myself. I had to go through the most important event deciding whether I could book the flight to Dallas or stay in Vietnam: the visa interview. It was the first time ever I had to prepare for such an important meeting and go through it with no help from mom and dad. The memory about this life turning interview will never fade away in my mind.“Do you want to use my hair pin?” My mom asked while I looked at the mirror: my fore hair covered half of my face. Mom carefully pinned the hair up to the top of my head to “create a good impression with the interviewer.” “Nobody wants to interview someone who hides their face right?” My mom frowned. She also made me wear her white blouse and black pants, since she believed that none of my clothes was appropriate for this most important interview I had ever had. The fact that I was accepted into a United States college will not matter anymore if the interviewer at the embassy decides not to issue me the visa. Then all the money and effort, all the preparation would be thrown out the window, and I would get to stay in Vietnam for college.My mom and I arrived half an hour early. Nevertheless there was a long line of fifty-sixty people before us. Mom looked at her cell phone to check the time: “You want some water?” I shook my head, my mouth felt dry but I could not reply to my mom. I knew if I opened my mouth either to say yes or no, I would cry immediately. Most of the people being interviewed that day were students, either high school, undergraduate or graduate. Everybody looked stressed, since this interview would be the turning point of their lives; and most of us were too young and inexperienced with this kind of interview.“Only applicants enter this door. Family members please stay outside.” The security said. I turned to my mom, she waved and nodded at me, but I could not smile back. Then I hold on to my files firmly, feeling the thickness of all the documents about my family, myself and my life and stepped inside.Inside the door here was another long line, but everyone was in a more intense atmosphere. All the documents and forms were quickly checked here, and a boy who forgot his application form had to go back out of the building and start waiting at the end of the line again. As he walked by talking on the phone with his dad to get the form for him in a shaking voice, I could not help but felt my heart skip a beat and ran over my documents again. There seemed to be no missing paper.“May I help you?” The lady in the booth did not look up and said emotionlessly. I...

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