I’ve lived in the United States on visas since 2006. I’m originally from Trinidad & Tobago. It’s likely that you clicked around on my site and figured out what it is about:
- Moving to the USA from abroad
- Being an international student anywhere in the world
We’ll talk more about these over time. Here’s more about me and how Not Yet American came about.
I graduated from the University of the South in 2010 with a degree in economics. It is better known as Sewanee, and even as Hogwarts if you’re a Harry Potter fan. I never visited Sewanee before attending. And I had a fantastic time.
A terrible US economy in 2010 pushed me straight to graduate school at the College of William & Mary. And I didn’t visit it either. After graduating, I pursued jobs that met one of two criteria: learning new skills or making a difference. Now, I consult for the World Bank Group striving to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity by 2030.
I started Not Yet American to create a community… a community for anyone who moved recently to study, work, or live in a country that isn’t their birthplace. In short, anyone who is living in a country on a visa, primarily in the USA. I’ve advised many students and job candidates who fit in these categories. And I noticed many common challenges and concerns.
If you are like me – and most of the foreign nationals and students I advise – you’re terrified of what comes next when you move to the US. Whether it’s finding an internship, a job, or simply adjusting in your first year, it’s exciting and scary. You don’t know what to expect. So, if you hate feeling helpless, there are a few ways to take action. Follow the site on Instagram, “like” the Facebook page, or email me at jeremie [at] notyetamerican [dot] com
Your life in a different country could be a long journey or a short one. Let’s work together for however long it may last.