Presque Isle – This November, NMCC Career Studies student Ailyn Stewart headed to Portland to take a US civics test and complete an interview with US Customs and Immigration Services, the final steps required before becoming a naturalized US citizen. To prepare for the test, Stewart studied 100 questions covering US systems of government and history, knowing that she would be asked 10 questions on the day of the exam. “All of the questions they asked were from my history class last semester with Mr. [David] Raymond,” Stewart said.
Stewart completed the interview and passed the exam; she was naturalized that day and is now a US citizen. “I’m so happy that I’m done with that process because it really tightened my schedule as a full-time student, full-time housewife, and mother,” Stewart explained. “I really have gained confidence passing the exam for citizenship. I have freedom. I have everything that American citizens have.”
Originally from the Philippines, Stewart moved to the United States three and a half years ago to marry her husband. Her family moved from Ohio to Maine in 2019, as her husband and kids wanted to be in a snowy environment. After she completes her general education requirements, Stewart will begin in the Practical Nursing program at NMCC.
Stewart decided to pursue a career in nursing because she grew up with her grandmother and grandfather, and feels that elderly people need special attention and care. “In the future, if I finish nursing, I want to work with the elderly,” she explained.
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