He had spent his entire childhood and some of his adult life in Vietnam. English was something he had to work hard to learn. He explains calmly, “I knew I had to learn English, or I wouldn 't make it through college, but I didn’t know where to start. I just tried reading and translating the newspaper and books and listening to shows on television a lot. It was a little slow, but eventually I learned enough to be able to get through college.” James says it was extremely difficult to learn an entirely new language and culture as late in life as he was.
I was struggling with school, and I didn 't learn anything for years. I tried my best to wake up early to learn new vocabulary and try to speak so people can understand. It was hard for me because people were laughing at me for having an accent and couldn 't speak well. I stand up and started to learn every day, finding a good friend, and fighting for the right that I must
If you were athletic, you could be pushed into college based on your physical ability. I really didn’t think about going to college until I was in my senior year. And when I made of up my mind that I wanted to go to college, I had to figure out how I was going to get there. Of course my first step was to ask my parents if I could go. I am not sure why I had to ask them about school, because throughout my school years they were not concerned about my status nor did they expect me to finish high school.
I realize that I’m not the only one facing this subject. I felt a disadvantage at first but realized some people have never been outside of their state. They either didn’t get the opportunity or don’t have the funds to travel. Going from state to state every couple of years was tiring because my family and I had to go through the packing and moving process so often. However, It was inspirational for me to get educated and get involved in a new environment.
As a freshman, I thought this was out of reach for me and pointless to work toward so I decided to put NHS out of my sight. I did not realize my potential as a young scholar; in doing so, I set myself back academically. My priorities were set on understanding the hectic schedule instead of the vigorous goals that I have now. As a fourteen year-old in freshman year, my standards were set lower for myself since I was unorganized and lost majority of the time. I lacked skills in time-management and multitasking; skills which I practiced and perfected through my school’s use of the modular schedule.
It wasn’t until after getting into the University of South Carolina as a Biology major that I knew that that wasn’t what I was meant to be doing. But before I realized that wasn’t for me, I looked into, after undergrad and medical school, becoming a neonatal physician and again the more I thought about it the less confident I was going that route. What I did know was that while I may not have wanted to work in that specific profession, I did want to work with children, families, women and girls, and the underprivileged. So after taking the
I felt devastated as I wrote an email to the program director saying that I wanted nothing more than to participate but I did not have the monetary means to finance my voyage. At the beginning of my junior year, I applied for another cultural exchange program with the eager desire of broadening my horizons, but I again lacked the financial means to fund my participation. Now that I have found a program that is in alignment with my current academic interests and my long-term career goals, I am determined to find the funding that will make my participation
Later on that night I told my parents I had a great day, but I was holding back my fears of what dilemmas I would face. The next week went by and I found myself stuck with the same problems that I started off with, I had not yet made any friends and I just wanted to go back home. Another week had passed before I had someone that I would consider a friend. My new friend was tall and athletic compared to my short and chubby self, but he lived on my street so we became friends because of proximity. He was in most of my classes with me and despite not having a lot in common with him he gave me a place to sit in the cafeteria and was a person that I could go outside and play games with.
Firstly, Procrastination is a problem I faced early in the year and I should not have. At first it did not affect me as much as I thought it would but now that the semester is almost over I am stressing over my grades. If I would have taken my time and not waited till the last minute to finish lots of my essays
Why do you want to go to college? Ironically, this question was first asked of me by my parents. This was a long time ago and the world was a different place. My answer was that learning is never wasted and it made me feel alive. Since the cost was exorbitant, and financial aid packages didn 't exits, it simply wasn 't a viable option.
When I originally came to Eckerd College, I was super excited and nervous about leaving home and coming to new area. Also, I was super nervous about not knowing my major. I was in between a couple of majors and couldn’t decide because everything interested me. I also was super nervous about not being able to make a 4 year plan once I did pick a major. But once I got here my peer mentors guided me and helped calm me down when I picked my first classes.