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After the tenth birthday my content life quickly turned into a new direction as my family moved from Vietnam to a small town in California Moving to an entirely new country was a frightening experience due to many issues such as language and money Surprisingly this twisted chapter ofmy life would not only shape me into an independent and ambitious young man but also would reveal my desire to obtain the glorious American DreamArmed with only Hellos and Goodbyes my first school day was extremely difficult Not knowing what to do or say made everything and everyone seemed so intimidatingFurthermore I was subjected to many mild forms of bullying since I was the new fob student in the school For this reason I tended to stay in own comfortable zone without many friends and eventually developed a dependent and rather coy personalityDespite all of these my life further took another unexpected turn in my sophomore year when my parents sent me to Florida to live with my aunt because they wanted me to have a better education Life in Florida was tough because my aunt was extremely strict in my learning and personal life She wouldnt allow me to use the television the computer and even my phone without her permission or before finishing my homework Sometimes we would spend hours talking about my future and dreams and since she was a pharmacist she tend to push my view towards business or medical professions As a result I immersed in volunteer work at a hospital in the pharmacys department the kitchen and the reception desk Through these odd jobs I finally got to experience the hardships of working first-handed and it ultimately served as the core of my motivation to become the first generation college student in my family I further motivated myself to break out of my comfortable zone by joining many clubs sports and other activities I eventually became more social and outgoing
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