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The challenging family situation I would like to share with you is our move from Korea to the United States In 1989 my life was changed when my family immigrated to a new country hoping for a better future My life in Korea was hopeless because I was a failing student with not much interest in school I spent the majority of my time in Arcades wasting my coins on video games Rather than studying with my friends as I had told my parents I would I obsessed over the games The only positive aspect to my life was my private computer programming lessons Programming in Apple BASIC presented me with an opportunity to create my own world One day my parents told me that we were going to move to the United States of America and I developed a strong feeling that my life soon would change forever After spending eleven years in Korea our family moved to a totally different environment This I knew would be my toughest challenge to date As a fifth grader attending a new elementary school in a new country I felt left out because of my inability to communicate Some kids assumed that I did not understand them at all so they made rude remarks about me I understood them maybe not completely but I knew the intent of their messages All that I had was my Apple II computer at which I just sat and programmed when I came home from school At home my parents pressured me to study all of the time but I was frustrated and wanted to return to Korea I wanted to go back and talk freely with my friends and play games with them My parents often told me that they decided to move here because of the educational opportunities yet I continued to rebel and refused to listen to what they said Over time my English improved I
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