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If you are submitting your essay online it must be no longer than 120 eighty-character lines of text including spaces and blank linesDescribe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences andor beliefs differ from yours Address your initial feelings and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experienceBeginning 2013 I knew very little about the Ukraine only that it is near Russia My family and I were provided through an organization called Angels Haven with an opportunity to bring an orphan from the Ukraine overseas to live with us for the summer When I heard this news I was skeptical it was not that I did not want to help this child but we had an extremely busy summer schedule and selfishly I did not want to change my plans We were told very little about him or his situation only that he desired to come to America and we had the ability to make this dream of his come true After arranging his flight to America we drove to Dallas and picked Fedir up from the international airport Fedir is a 13-year-old orphan who has lived the majority of his life in his orphanage Although we know very little about his situation we did learn a little from the orphanage his mother was an alcoholic who gave up parental rights and his four older brothers were somewhat distant Through out the time he was with us Fedir completely changed my beliefs on adoption I realized adoption brings a child into a safe place where people can love him or her It saves a lifeWhen Fedir first arrived at our house he spoke hardly any English He could say hello Im sorry and goodnight This was a culture shock for me I have grown up in a cookie cutter home with two parents and gone to private school my whole life Fedir began to pick up
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