University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
If You Want the Rainbow
If you were to choose or create a quote or saying that defined you, what would it be and why?
It seemed as if it was just yesterday when I anxiously fidgeted around in the airplane seat, awaiting unexpected surprises in my new home. This, however, was ten years ago when I emigrated from China to the United States. My parents had warned me that it would be a drastic change; but when one is at the naïve age of six, change hardly means more than a brand new place to play in. Leaving behind years of comfort and memories, I found myself arriving in not only a new location but adapting to a new lifestyle as well.
At first, America turned out to be quite different than I had imagined it to be, mainly because of my language barrier. While other children enjoyed their carefree years in elementary school, I dreaded science and history classes since the new English terms were unfamiliar to me. Every night my parents and I would decrypt both these lectures and homework assignments in hopes of helping me catch up to the other students. I distinctly remember one afternoon when I had gotten an assignment from third grade English class; the instructions were to create a sentence using the word “green.” Although the task was simple, it caused distress among my parents and me.
With time, the handicap that forced me to hurdle many...
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