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Tips for adapting to life in Colorado as an immigrant

When your family emigrated from your country of origin to your new home in Colorado, you may have experienced a wide range of emotions. Perhaps you felt excited about the adventure that lay ahead but were also a bit nervous or worried about helping your kids adapt to their new lifestyle. Life in the United States can be quite different from other cultures. You and your kids may have a language barrier or other challenges that can be stressful at times.  

The good news is that there are strong support systems already in place to help you adapt to a new culture, to learn what you need to know about U.S. immigration laws and regulations, and to begin building friendships and connections that can help you accomplish your goals. There are several things to keep in mind that may help your family have a positive experience.  

Food options might change 

Some of the foods you come across in the United States may seem strange in comparison to those of your background culture. However, one of the easiest ways to merge with a new community is to try new foods. In fact, you may want to consider hosting a social gathering to invite neighbors or friends from your children's school, so you can enjoy new culinary styles in a festive setting.  

Media is major in the U.S. 

You've likely already learned that most American households are typically "plugged in," meaning families have TVs and numerous other types of electronic devices and ways to tune into the media. Especially regarding your children and helping them forge new friendships, it can be useful to learn more about the media, including what types of shows, online networks and other venues are most popular.  

Step outside your comfort zone 

Remember that immigrants are not the only ones who have social anxiety. It's understandable that you feel shy or nervous about talking to new groups of people, especially if you're struggling to master the English language. However, many U.S.-born citizens are also shy and have social anxieties. If you try to stay calm and force yourself to meet new people and have conversations to the best of your ability, you may find yourself enjoying your new community! 

What if legal problems arise? 

It's no secret that many immigrants who arrive in Colorado or other states run into problems at some point regarding their legal statuses. Most issues are resolvable with the right type of support. It can help to align yourself with others who have gone through similar circumstances, because they often have information to help you connect with advocates who can point you in the right direction for finding solutions to your problems. 

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