Yuki Z

Yuki Z

Santa Cruz, CA

I am only 14 years old when my father told me that my family would immigrate to the United States of America. After the news left, I can not help but think that moving means that I will have a new life. This is a daunting consideration because I am not an easy person to accept the change. Regardless my worries or concerns, my parents decided to take risks and make the move. As many immigrants have experienced before, I’ve had to overcome many difficulties. I hope that this will be a great opportunity for my family and I will have a better life and a better education too. I remember looked at all the foreigners that smiled to me and thought that they might have some stereotypes about me. The only thing I can do was to adapting, and I spent almost a year familiar with my new world. Due to language barriers, I attended a bilingual school. My first English conversation was full of embarrassment, but I soon overcame this and it make me happy. For the first time encountered difficulty but it had inspiration for my efforts to improve my English skills. I stayed after school and got the help of the instructor. There are many vocabulary memories, I tried so hard to remember them. Although I have been practicing English, but many of my classmates are very happy my accent.. My mother was the first to guess this when I got home a day of sadness. I was talked to her, and it was surprising that she was crying. She told me that it wasn’t why they gave up so many immigrants, I agree. My mother told me that no matter what happened to me, she wanted me to be strong and positive. Her tears and words made me realize that there was no way I will defeated. They let my mother cry. This is enough. I decided that night that I would attend a university and prove to all those who derided me behind my back and even to my face. As a immigrant with an accent I was as good as they were, maybe even better and going to accomplish a great deal. Therefore, every time I come across a new challenge, I refuse to get down and instead I find the solution. Over time, English has become my second language and I can write and speak it very well. I dedicated a great deal of time, practice and patience in learning the English language. I was determined that this was an area in which I would be confident and competent. This year, I challenged myself even more by becoming a teaching assistant, helping ninth grade English learners. I know their struggles and want them to face their future like I am, with dignity, confidence and positive determination. I want them to know moving to a new environment is not that terrifying as long as we work harder and stick it out in order to receive something greater in return.

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