As the plane landed at Los Angeles Airport, I got my first glimpse of an American city. I was immediately impressed by its cityscape. At that time I had so many dreams about America and my future here as well. In India, I dreamed of settling in America and obtaining a better education that will help me build a better future. My dreams include getting a degree, probably masters, in Computer Science. All of my dreams should be a reality in few years. I know that I am going to have to work hard to pursue my goals as I get closer to them.
Because I had to learn the English language, I struggled at first, both with making friends and with my studies. Through very hard work and perseverance I have made great strides with the language and my English improved. I had to use a dictionary many times to comprehend mathematical terms and word problems. Often I stayed after school for help from my ESL and other subjects teachers to obtain more help in understanding the material. I also studied hard at home to improve my English and to understand it better.
All these hardship has paid off for me. I now feel more comfortable with the language and confident in my abilities. I received Georgia Certificate of Merit Award during school year 97-98, which was by the way my first high school year in the United States. And also during the same year I got Principals award for both, perfect attendance and Algebra II. After finishing my junior year in Atlanta, GA I moved to Connecticut and finished my high school. Now I had examined and understood that I would have to do some extra curricular activities if I want to get into good school. I joined Math league and also got into National Honor Society. I came out fifth in my high school during 1999 in American High School Math Examination. I did 13 hours of community work every semester for National Honor Society. I also participated in America Reads Program by reading to Elementary students at Emerson William Elementary school.
In college I didnt stop with my achievements. Every semester I got on Deans list and also got accepted in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, through which I did voluntary work at many places. I am also currently working part time after my classes. I am hoping to get my B.S. in computer science in couple years so that way I can get a better job and my parents wouldnt have to work as hard as they are working right now. And once I get a job I would continue studying to get my masters.
All of the hardship in learning new language, living in the different culture needs sacrifice and it takes time too. I have sacrifices a lot to gain what I have right now. Through experience, I have leaned that if one sets goals, work hard towards those goals, dedicates oneself to those goals, and takes advantage of opportunities presented, they can achieve anything.