Personal Narrative: My Two Lives By Tenzin Tsewang

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My Two Lives

In 1992, I, Tenzin Tsewang embarked on a journey called life. I was born in a small city north of India called Dharamshala, perched on the hillside of himalaya. This is the town in which I would spend nine years of my life learning how to read and write in both Tibetan and Hindi. As a child I don’t recall the difficulties of learning two languages because that was the norm for all children in my age group. Fast forward nine years later: a major change in my life occurred when I moved from India to America. This change has entirely affected my personality. Why? I arrived in the United States during the winter of 2001 with the cold air and snow of Minnesota welcoming me as I walked out the double door to start a new life in a new
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While in India, my behavior as a child was very inappropriate. I used to never do my work or listen to my parents. At the age of nine, my life was about to change forever. My family decided to move to the United States. Moving from India to America has made me a better person. The environment I was situated in played an important role in shaping me into who I am today. Another factor that led to the change in me, was realizing the difficulties my parents were going through. The hardships my parents had to face in America for the first five to six-years were hard for me to see. For their first job, they had to clean hotels and worked for eight to sixteen hours every day. The difficulties my parents went through made my brothers and I realize what great a parents we have. They moved to a country completely strange to them so that we could get a better education. This made me develop great respect and love for my parents. It changed my attitudes drastically, from negative to positive thoughts. Seeing them persevere made me want to succeed and in doing so I had to start reading and writing. This was an issue due to the language barrier but as time progressed I started to enjoy reading and writing. I would always read for an hour after I was done with my homework. This was a small step for what is to come as I face the unknown world of
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