I was born in Thailand and immigrated to America at around the age of 2. I came to Minneapolis, not knowing any English. This was challenging, especially when it came to school. Pretty soon, my family and I moved to St. Paul, and I like it here better. But, learning English was still hard for me. It wasn't until the 1st grade that I began to understand English.
Over the years, I found out some interesting things about myself while the other half, as for the other talents, I had to develop them. I never really did like reading much. Every book that I came across was either downright boring or just plain pathetic (in my point of view). I don't remember the book that got me interested in reading, but I've been reading ever since. Today, I like to read the books that actually interest me.
Another skill that came along with reading was writing. I never liked
writing. But I loved writing stories. I loved making them up and choosing
the ending. However, the reason why I never liked writing is because
my elementary teachers gave me such dumb writing assignments that bored
me to death (besides, it was a waste of my time). But I figured it out
today that it was to enhance my writing skills.
I can still remember when Mr. Thompson assigned us a short story assignment.
The minimum was one page. I was so excited that I started on it right
way. Of course, I was a slow typist at the time and I never finished
it. It turned out that the small computer couldn't hold any more memory
and we had to put in on a Macintosh. To my surprise, it was nearly ten
pages! I didn't think I had typed that much. Well, I turned it in unfinished
anyhow and got an A+ on it. It surprised me how I could get an A for
an unfinished work. But, my teacher loved it, so I didn't say anything.
Every summer, I have always looked forward to summer school (now, summer programs). I wanted to go to summer school because I didn't want to stay home. It was boring and I had chores to do. But, I also wanted to go to summer school because I wanted to continue learning and make new friends. Now, I chose to go to summer programs because there are no more summer schools for me, but I get to choose a field of my interests, and I can take opportunities that will help me on my way to college. I would have to say that MACCESS was probably one of the most rewarding summer programs that I've ever been to. It's quite different from other programs that would go on for only about two weeks. But here, I gotten the answers that I have been so anxious about.
So today, I still want to learn more about myself and the world as
much as I can because, you can never learn enough in one lifetime.