I would choose hardship and perseverance as the two words that best describe my life’s journey until now. I’ve never been ignorant; I understand how hard it is to live in this day and age for anybody. But I’ve never run from a challenge, either. Instead, I’ve embraced it; I tried to better myself than previously, to understand people around me and myself. In many ways, I have succeeded.
I was born in the mid-sized town of Sanger, nestled in California’s Central Valley. Life there was comfortable but not easy. I was never one for idleness so I spent my days running around with friends, exploring every nook and cranny of the town. As I grew older, academics became more important to me and I began to excel in school. In eighth grade, I decided that I wanted to go to college. That was when things started to get tough.
My parents didn’t have much money and they couldn’t afford to send me to a private school. So, I enrolled in the local public high school. It wasn’t the best school in the world but I made the best of it. I maintained good grades and participated in extracurricular activities. My hard work paid off when I was accepted into the University of California, Berkeley.
Even though I had been accepted into one of the best schools in the world, I still had to face many challenges. I was the first person in my family to go to college and I didn’t have any guidance. In addition, I had to pay for my own tuition and living expenses. It was tough going at first but I eventually got used to it.
Now, I am in my junior year at Berkeley and things are going well. I have made great friends and gotten involved on campus. My grades are good and I am on track to graduate on time. I still have challenges ahead of me but I am confident that I can overcome them. After all, I have been doing it my whole life.
Life in California was so different from what I was used to, and it took me a long time to get used to the change. In India, my father had been a farmer and my mother a housewife. Life was simple but hard; we didn’t have much money but we made do with what we had. My parents worked tirelessly to provide for us and send us to school. When we came to California, my father took on odd jobs while my mother became a homemaker once again. It was difficult for them, having to start over in a new country without knowing anyone. But they persevered because they wanted their children to have a better life.
As I reflect on my own life, I can see how much my parents sacrificed for me. They gave up their lives in India so that I could have opportunities they never had. They worked hard to provide for me and my siblings, and I am forever grateful for everything they have done for me. Because of them, I was able to grow up in a loving home and receive a good education. I am now a college student and hope to one day make them proud by becoming a successful doctor.
Though it was tough at first, I am glad my family made the move to California. It has been a great place to call home and I have been able to accomplish things I never would have thought possible. Whenever I feel homesick, I think of my parents and how they bravely started over in a new country. Their strength and determination continue to inspire me, and I am proud to be their son.
My parents were having money troubles because they had just moved to a new country and were still settling in. My school was one of the worst in British Columbia, and it’s where I first earned the nickname “Dumpster Kid.” By my classmates, I was referred to as “the dumpster kid” and bullied and picked on all the time.
This made me feel even more alienated, yet my close relationship with my father assisted a great deal in broadening my viewpoint of the world and self. Working as a civil engineer, I still treasure those times when my father sat down with me and taught me how to build 3D models and blueprints of construction. It was there that I believe my mental horizons were first expanded through design and perception thinking.
I continued my schooling and eventually got into the University of British Columbia, one of the top universities in Canada. Life there was a bit of a shock as I was living on my own for the first time and also had to juggle schoolwork and a part-time job. Thankfully, I made some great friends along the way who helped me get through those tough times. We would often study together and help each other out when we could.
Looking back, I’m grateful for all the challenges I’ve faced in my life as they have made me into the person I am today. I’m stronger and more independent than ever before, and I know that no matter what life throws at me, I can handle it.
I began to imitate their accent, manner of speaking, dress, and even the shape of their faces until their attitudes towards me gradually changed as a result of my transformation. I never felt sorry for my classmates because to them I was perfect.
My greater awareness of the world around me helped me comprehend why they acted that way. Because they did not want to learn or understand me, I became an easy target for them since I had a different viewpoint and accent. So I tried to connect the gaps between us. Until their feelings toward me changed over time, I attempted to mimic everything about them till they regarded me similarly.
The fact that they gradually accepted me as a teenager not only allowed me to be one, but also permitted them to come to me for guidance and assistance. I was not simply a confidant; my academic skills also allowed me to tutor and assist them. As a result, I became an important element of their existence, and we formed strong relationships with one another.
Looking back on my life, I am grateful for the experiences that I have had, both good and bad. They have shaped me into the person that I am today. I would not be the same without them.
Life is a never-ending journey of self-discovery and growth. It is full of twists and turns, but ultimately it is up to us to choose our own path. Life is what we make of it. We are the masters of our own destiny. So whatever life throws our way, we must remember that we have the power to control our own fate. We can either let life define us or we can define life ourselves. The choice is ours.