URBANA — It wasn't just driving on the other side of the road that Scotland native Paul Montador had to adjust to when he first began making his home in the U.S.
It was all the friendliness.
Back in the UK, he'd go into stores and encounter grumpiness, he recalled, and when he went into stores in Champaign-Urbana he found friendly faces and people telling him to have a nice day.
After relocating to the U.S. in 2011, he's since been able to establish a bakery business with his wife, Anastasia, The Scotman's Kitchen. Going into business for himself is a dream he'd previously set aside back in the UK because "there was so much red tape to jump through," he said.
Here, he said, "I like the people. I like the way they help people."
For new immigrants, adjusting to life in the U.S. is full of challenges and sometimes also fear, according to Ricardo Diaz, a board member at C-U Immigration Forum, a group that addresses the needs and progress of immigrants in the Champaign County area, advocates for their rights and encourages their full participation in the community.