"I left my native Thailand for Singapore in seach of job opportunities, eventually finding work as a lawyer. Thanks to the people I encounter through my employment, and having undergone the experience of migration myself, I have come to understand how it can mean freedom for so many people. I try to help where I can with donations because I know that, amongst other things, migration can have serious financial implications for those who chose to do it. Some families have to sell everything they have to fund their journey, making the first part of their arrival in a new place that much harder.
When I think about the things that helped me when I first came to Singapore, I would urge anyone who undertakes a big move away from home to adapt and assimilate into the local culture in their new home. Get away from your community and comfort zone as much as possible! It's not always as scary as it might seem. Learning about the local culture is important, and it helps to try doing things the local way — this requires a certain level of open mindedness. But this doesn't mean that you have to lose your sense of self."
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