By LISA GRAYBEAL
Margaret Rhoads has lived in America for 33 years, but she's only recently felt at home.
"I think there's a sense of belonging I didn't have before," said Rhoads, who was sworn in as an American citizen in February 1996, and got to vote for the first time in last year's general election.
"I think I was really the only excited person at the polling place," she said.
Born and raised in London, England, Rhoads came to this country when she was 19 as an au pair for a Falling Waters, W.Va., family. America was one of many places that as a teenager she wanted to visit. Rhoads said she would have joined the Merchant Marine had they accepted women.
"I tried out a number of schemes," said Rhoads, who dreamed of hitchhiking across Europe and living in Scotland or Australia.