They wanted to give their children the opportunities they never had. With only the clothes on our backs and in hopes of a better life, we came to the United States. The first couple of years we lived in a tiny secluded laundry room, furnished only with a mattress, behind my great grandmother’s house. Education was the most important thing in our family as it would be our escape out of this miserable lifestyle. I was immediately enrolled into school, where I had to walk to because of the lack of transportation.
However, once I moved to Connecticut many adults would stare and question my nationality. As a four year-old girl I would giggle, politely correct them, and continue about my day, but as I got older and continuously faced the same situation, the way I viewed myself changed. I grew up in a very small, predominantly white town known as East Granby. I love my home town, but the reality is that it is very closed off from the rest of the world. When I moved here at the age of seven, most kids in my grade, or even in my entire school had no idea Puerto Rico existed, let alone that it is an island, or a U.S. commonwealth.
I believe that the mission of a student ambassador is to promote the vision, growth and quality of University of Maryland, by optimizing the experience of current students, prospective students and special guests. I would like to be a student ambassador primarily because I want to get more involved with the university; not to mention the positive impact it will have on my CV. I would also gain experience in public speaking, building friendships with fellow ambassadors and develop my leadership skills. Furthermore, this offers a responsibility that can be both challenging and extremely rewarding. As a student ambassador, I will actively participate, inspiring pride in Maryland University, upholding university’s reputation and serving as liaisons between students and administration.
I want to join NHS because I would like gain more leadership experience. It would help me to better develop the leadership skills I already have and further learn new skills. In addition I would like to be surround by people who want to grow academically, just as I do. It would help me to push myself in my academic rigor by surrounding me with people who would also like to continue to grow and learn as a student. I would also love to become more involved in community service, which is something that NHS would allow me to do.
Besides that, because I am a Vietnamese female, this affected to how I adapted into this new environment, my gender helped me connect with a certain student, and evaluations of my reactions under certain circumstances at Toro Middle School. Being a 17-year-old, Asian, and female, fitting into a new environment took time for students at Toro to sink in because I looked as if I was a student there. My first day in, none of the students greeted or seem to not have noticed because I was not introduced to the students. I
" Education is not preparation for life;education is life itself." -John Dewey I have always felt integrated in my love for education. Discrimination never stole from what felt like an intellectual thirst I could not quench. Attending college had been a goal of mine since I was young, conceived from the curiosity of the world I could not touch with my hands. Unfortunately education in our society is no longer seen as freedom to explore culture and world knowledge, but as mandatory attendance in an institution where the individual is only perceived as successful when their degree is in practice.
As a first generation college student, I have the desire to not only make my parents proud of my academic achievements, but to be the first person in my family to receive a college degree. At a very young age, I was always expected to receive A’s and B’s in my school assignments, as well as my final grades. However, I was never rewarded or congratulated whenever I did receive those grades because it was already expected of me to achieve them. Hence, a time in which I have experienced failure but also felt like I let my family down was when I received a D in my Critical Thinking course I was already retaking for the second time. The first time I took Critical Thinking was during the summer in which it was an 8-week long course.
I identify as bi-racial or multi-racial. It has never changed; I was always aware I was different from a majority of other kids born in the 90s. I grew up living with only my white family, what I knew of black people and culture for the longest time was the show Cops. I went a long time not really understanding what it meant to be half black. I did not really ever fit into one category.
In the past 19 years of my life, I have never had to fix anything major by myself that came across my way without the help of my parents. My parents have always worked their hearts out in order for my brother and I to come to the United States in order for us to have a better life than the one we had in Iraq. I did come over hurdles in life, but I was only able to cross them because of my parents’ support. I was dependent on them, but all that changed once I started attending college. I was stranded in this new town without any strings that tied me to people.
Growing up, I attended a private school that was academically prestigious, but I was never looked at as academically gifted. Quite frankly, I thought of myself as the opposite: a student who did not fit in because my grades were average, and I had to put in much more effort to understand the material in comparison to the other students. Throughout my struggles in school, the adults I could count
I have attended Laguna Blanca School since the beginning of high school. I faced many challenges that I had not been prepared for, such as managing my time with schoolwork and sports. Freshmen year I struggled to find the time to finish my work, so I had to work in between classes or immediately after class to keep up with other classes. After the semester, I was frustrated and wanted to leave Laguna Blanca to attend a public school, where the workload and academics might be less challenging; however, I decided to stay at Laguna to better prepare myself for college. Being a student at Laguna Blanca has given me many responsibilities, but there is always assistance available.
When change and inspiration are intertwined, progress is expedited and personal growth materializes. This relationship motivates me to become an inspiration for others, because helping others heals your own wounds in the process. Making positive connections and conveying inspiration to others is what has led me to Seattle Pacific University. After finding solace through physical therapy myself, I hope to earn the credentials that will allow me help others find emotional and mental security through physical stability. Generating change catalyzes growth, so with a new college experience in mind I am looking to gain both personal knowledge and a holistic approach to inspiring and informing
I 'm also motivated as I want to be in control of my life. With my degree I will have the security I need to be competitive in the marketplace. My purpose My main purpose in seeking my college degree is to put myself in a better position to take care of myself and my son. The workforce is changing, outsourcing is becoming normal in many entry level