The Fantastic Utopia

On April 10th, we were doing a very fun activity. We were going to Utopia which is a real word. But for our activity, we used it as a place that is so good. You can watch a movie and eat a snack there! Still, we couldn’t go directly to Utopia, we had to go trough the airport. First, we decided which member will we be for our family in 4A. Our family was our Classcraft group. So for me, I had six family members who were migrating there, including myself. I was the aunt, Oliver was the mom, Nathan was the dad, Dorothy and Leann were the twelve years old twins, and Aidan was the five years old boy. And the teachers were CBP officers and the parents who volunteered to help were people in the airport who checks us. After deciding the members, one oldest female member had to choose a small piece of paper in a basket which Ms.Kim was holding. On the paper, it said which country your family member will be from. There were six countries in total. Canada, Germany, Thailand, Mexico, Syria, and Sierra Leone. I think Canadian and German was nicely from the CBP officers, Thai and Mexican were sometimes treated nice but not really most of the time from CBP officers, and Syrian and Sierra Leonean were not really treated well from CBP officers. Also, I think Canadian and German had all the things that they needed, Thai and Mexican had just one thing that they needed, and Syrian and Sierra Leonean had none that they needed. Before we went to the immigration checkpoint (Level 5), we researched about our country. Then after Lunch recess, we went to the immigration checkpoint. First, we watched a short video about Utopia. Then, we got a basket for each family. Our basket had seven passport covers, six papers that needed to be filled out, an information paper which said all the information about us, and a glue. My group first took turns gluing the passport cover to a paper which we had to fill out. Then, we got our photo that we could glue on the paper. It was very hard to use it one by one. When we were about to fill out the paper, Kennedy asked to borrow our glue, since Kennedy’s group needed it. So after letting them keep our glue, we were about to write, we realized we didn’t have a pen. Luckily, I asked Jeha if I could borrow their pen since they had all other stuff including several pens. We quickly filled them out and lined up to let the people who were checking our passports check our passports. But we had to line up again since we had to rewrite our passport names in capital. The one who was checking our passports was Kennedy’s mom, Mrs.Gibson. She spoke in an unusual accent. But we did get stamps from her even though we might have answered some wrong because we didn’t understand what she was saying. After getting the stamp, Alexander’s mom checked if we had any stuff that weren’t allowed in the airport. We were all okay. The next one was by Nikki’s mom, checking if we were sick or not. On our information card, it said we had Mild Flu. So we had to wait. After a long time, Nikki’s mom checked our fever, then let us go. Then, we were at the VISA station. We had to answer the questions on the VISA paper for each person, and we had to write another question just for a person in our family. So we wrote question and put my name. While we were writing, I don’t know why, but Nathan was sent to the waiting room. So he delayed us a bit since we had to wait for him. When he came back, we completed his VISA and then went to get our VISA checked. Ours got checked by Leah’s mom. That went swiftly than other stations. When we got all of ours checked, we were in Utopia. We watched a little bit of Moana. We got ice creams but I didn’t want one. Not everybody have gone through all the steps. I think they were all from Syria or Sierra Leone. I think they were not done because it was hard to get the things they needed, the securities were being more sensitive to them, and the CBP officers didn’t really help them to answer questions. So I don’t think that was fair for everyone. From this activity, I learned a lot of things. First of all, I learned our parents work really hard when we migrate, because we only did part of the real migration, but it was still hard. However, our parents have to do all the steps and some extra real stuff for real! Plus, if they are moving for just political, social, economic, educational, religious, military reason, and doing this whole thing, that’s really a challenge. Second of all, I learned that when you are migrating, you needed VISA, fine health, don’t have bad information in your passport, answer questions from securities, and know your arrival date. Last of all, I learned that you have to kind of expect what is going to happen. If you don’t know at all, something might take longer time, or you might annoy a person. So expecting what would happen is a benefit to you.



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