Seda came to the UK in 2002 to improve her proficiency in English. “I mostly struggled with cultural differences. My inexperience and lack of appreciation in different ways that people behave puzzled me for quite a while. In time I got used to having milk in tea, obsessing about recycling, and endlessly talking about the weather.
“I am proud of who I am and where I come from. Looking at what I have achieved over the years in the UK, people have shown me respect as well. They see me as a successful professional who has done it all while speaking a second language, living in different surroundings, and being part of a different culture. Like every single person who learnt English as a non-native, I struggled and got frustrated when I couldn't express myself. But thanks to the lovely people in my local Adult Education Centre, I found my voice eventually.
“Being a migrant in the UK has taught me to be strong when circumstances are less than ideal. Living here has shown me that the ways some people do things are not necessarily the only way of doing it. And that means learning to adapt.
“Migration means different things to different people. Depending on their circumstances, people are just trying to make life work for them in the way they hope to live it.”