Ekaterina, your essay is really good. I didn't know too much about the Russian culture but this story made me to understand a little bit more. When I was in Mexico, one of the few things that I learned the from the Russian culture was the матрёшка. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Ohhh, I felt so sad for you when I read the paragraph about your birthday. I know how hard it is because I experienced that same thing. I did not celebrate my first birthday in Chicago because I was busy with finding an apartment, and I did not anyone in Chicago "it was just a week after my arriving to Chicago" Moreover, In my second birthday, some of friends had a final exams, and some of them were in Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, I will celebrate it this year with my family:)Tell us when your birthday will be, so we can celebrate togather and other students :)
I really like your introduction. Living American is bittersweet.
My Katya, Ekate, Ecaterina :),Don't worry we can do interesting New Year for sure with small Christmas tree :D, and I think will be fun. I have same feelings here. However, you very like this country, it is the important thing. I need just a little time, and you will get your big house :). Don't forget invite me there sometimes ;).Thank you for sharing your feeling.
you did a good job in your essay. after i completely read the essay, you told about three celebration. this is a good idea of origination. it makes reader know more information and do not feel bored.