Coming from a family that struggled to make ends meet and represented passion regardless of all the obstacles. Education was always important to my family when they first arrived in America. Being able to succeed in this outrageous world in which opportunities are limited to those who want to achieve something greater, is a barrier that can actually be broken regardless of where you come from; if you put your mind to it and honor the hard work being pursued, good outcomes can come from it. Both Malcolm X and Christine Marin overcame obstacles, which led them to exceed in their education and language barriers. In both having their similarities they also have their differences when it comes to how they were able to succeed in both education and
It is through this knowledge that I have learned to overcome discrimination and the uncertainty of living in the shadows. I experience rejection and discrimination throughout the formative years when my character was being built, but that allowed me to become the person I am today. No more than a year ago, I thought all my hard work was in vain. My visa was about to expire and immigration denied me a renewal of my student visa due to my family’s low income level. Without any legal documentation stating I could be in this country, I was afraid I would not be able to continue my education or obtain a job in my desired field.
Going to college as a first-generation student does worry me about fitting in and succeeding at college. Since I am the first to attend college I am carrying a lot of weight on my shoulders right now. Not only am I doing this for myself, but making my family proud plays a big major in my life because I will be the first person to start a new life for my generation. I am worried because I am scared of not being able to fit in with my classmates due to the different backgrounds or lifestyles. Being part of the minority group can also affect me since usually people view us differently.
From a hard life in Britain, to the tough ship voyage, early settlers didn't have it easy. When settlers came to explore and settle in America their lives were changed. The land, weather, and Native people were different. The early settlers brought their traditions, like clothing and religion, they also brought diseases and new language. They had to find more efficient ways of living, settlers had to do things they never had to in Europe and this changed America for the better.
Ten years ago, I immigrated to the United States and ever since I have been an undocumented immigrant. Due to my legal status in the United States, I felt like I was restricted from certain situations and possessions and would never be able to succeed. I was not living the normal life of a seven-year-old. Instead, I had to learn to cope and adapt to a whole new culture. Even though the drastic change at such a young age was a challenge, it has shaped who I am today.
Why College Education is Important to Me By Kayte Forrester I made it a goal for myself to be the first in my family to attend college. After a really bad day at work as a CNA, I finally just signed up and said I’m going to do better for myself. I want a career that has a steady future, something that is financially secure, but most important having a college degree is going to give me a big leap in self-esteem. Getting a college education is going to open a whole new world of opportunities for me. I’ve worked many jobs, from waitressing, cashier, and now nursing assisting.
I came up with the view of changing my career into medecine. My family was so amazed because they think medecine is the right job for a Muslim and Malian woman. They continued to encourage me when I was in high school, so I voted for science and I got my diploma in science. Then, I moved here in the United States. My family is struggling to give me as much assistance as they can through their financial and emotional supports because they want me to succeed in order to be the first doctor of the family.
It is getting harder for immigrants living in the United States to fulfill their American Dream, which causes them to put pressure on their first generation American child to fulfill the dream for them. To many immigrant parents, the Dream consist of getting a high paying stable job, and being able to provide for the rest of the family. However, even if a first generation child goes to a well respected college to get the stable, high paying job of their parents dreams, it is sometimes not enough. Due to language barriers and ethnic sounding names, first generation Americans are constantly being put down by employers who care more about appealing to the White public than provide an educated person a job. Immigrant parents fail to understand
I felt as if I needed to get a job so I could begin financially providing for them as well. While I had nearly perfected my time-management skills and became incredibly independent, I was often overwhelmed and felt guilty whenever I took time for myself. I nearly talked myself out of applying for college my senior year because I felt guilty about leaving my siblings behind and having them fill my role. However, a new social worker stepped into my life that encouraged me to pursue my personal goals and provided my siblings with mentors and resources that they can reach out to. Without such resources, I would have likely been stuck in the same position and unable to pursue a higher
Interestingly, this was also his very first pleasure trip. My father asked Uncle Chen to estimate a budget. At that time, people still not used to spend money for pleasure trips. So he made a tight budget to please my parents even though financially we had no problem to cover the trip. He would be the one to manage the money and most importantly kept an eye on me for safety.
I started thinking what would teach my children if I don’t know English. I immediately knew that in order to survive and be successful in this country, I would have to start college. Seeing my dad working hard as an electrical technician I always wanted to be an electrical engineer. With my husband support and encouragement I started my college. Upon my arrival to The United State of America my husband was working in small company and the money he was earning was not good enough to support our entire family.
Coming from a migrant family, it has truly shaped me who I am today. Through the significant struggles I have witness from my parents I have learned and adapted that if you want something you have to work for it, as much as they did in order to fully provide my siblings and myself with the basic necessities. Having immigrant parents who were only eligible to work in the agriculture business was a bit overwhelming. Since they only spoke one language, Spanish, there wasn’t many job opportunities for them. Getting paid minimum wage and be living as a low income family we were faced with many struggles.
Some say it was because I was the most stubborn, however; all I could remember was exploring, living, and laughing. I did not know what was right from wrong. I am a first generation college student. My family and I moved to America over ten years ago. We thought moving to the U.S would bring prosperity, but the stresses of adapting to a new country made it difficult.
For many Americans, the minimum wage is not a living wage, and yet they are expected to live on it. When minimum wage was first introduced, it was a living wage. As time has gone on, inflation has caused prices to raise and yet minimum wage hasn’t gone up. People in the past could work blue-collar jobs and pay their way through college and buy a house right after they graduate. This assignment was to budget for a family that is living on minimum wage and it was challenging.
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.