Becoming a Citizen
Sheiko came to the U.S. in 2003 after fleeing Ethiopia’s political instability. Though not as challenging as his escape as a refugee, his path to becoming a U.S. citizen was difficult. It started early in 2011, when he first met Daniel. After failing the citizenship test two times, Sheiko tried a new approach to studying by listening to U.S. history cassette tapes in the car. Sheiko’s determination was rewarded, and after taking the test for a third time, he succeeded. He proudly became a U.S. citizen and voted in November for the first time.