Born in ______, Japan on December 16, 1989, I was raised by my parents, ___________ and __________, the best way they knew. I was given the valuable opportunity to study at a reputable school. It was here that I learned not only math and science but the value of friendship. While some of my classmates did not enjoy learning, I was excited and eager to learn everything. I knew that my education was my path in life and it was something no one could ever take away. Many of my peers complained about attending classes they did not deem useful (particularly English class). I enthusiastically learned basic English since I welcomed the idea of acquiring a foreign language. Little did I know that months later my family was given the chance to move to a foreign country.
The world I came to know as home started when I was six. It was then when I moved here to The United States because of my Father’s job. At such an early age, I was transported to a place where everything seemed weird and different. I struggled with being a stranger in a strange place at first. There was no one to talk to and who would understand or care? I asked myself how was I supposed to survive in this country when I do not know anybody and with little knowledge of English. The first days were the biggest struggle for me. I missed my old home, my old school, my friends, everything in and about Japan. I was homesick and did not want to go to the first day of grade school, but my mother forced me to.
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The diligent child that I am, I went to school in San Jose. I expected to be isolated, but my expectations were incorrect because I was welcomed by the entire school. People did not see my differences. They gladly accepted me and I was happy to find myself in the company of new friends, one of whom was Corey Tucker.
It was lunchtime as I sat alone on the bench, crying. Someone suddenly reached over and stuck a chocolate chip cookie in my mouth. The boy opened an interesting conversation. When I told him I came from Japan, he was excited, incessantly asking questions. With awkward smiles, I answered each of his queries even though I knew my English was not so good. By the time the lunch ended, Corey and I were best friends. He soon introduced me to his friends and was easily accepted to the school and the society that I did not quite understand. They made sure I knew where the bathroom, canteen, library, clinic, and classrooms were and tutored me in the language. With the help of my new friends, I learned fast.
As we matured, my friends did not only teach me English but also American culture, lifestyle, beliefs, and values. They have been very positive influences on me, especially Corey. He was always there for me and has remained my very good friends. Because of them, I came to love and appreciate life in this country. Homesickness and tears were all wiped out because I started being integrated into society. I would come home from school tired yet happy. Thus, my parents enjoyed seeing my bright disposition, realizing I have adjusted successfully.
In high school, with much proficiency in English, I persevered to perform well in my studies, regarding every course essential in my pursuit of knowledge and meaning in life. Truth is, I got disappointed whenever a classmate argues about the unimportance of studying maths or physics because he or she sees no point in spending time learning something that will not be of good use in the future. I hated this line of argument, as I deem every aspect of education as an essential tool in our lives. There is a reason why math or physics is in the curriculum and why we need to learn it.
Whenever someone contends that a certain course or field of study is useless, I heat up, compelled to demonstrate the fallacy of such argument by providing specific examples from my own life or everyday circumstances. This is the world I came from. Much of what I know today, I owe to the friends who have guided me, the teachers who have taught me beyond what the textbooks said and my family that has stayed intact and happy despite problems and difficulties.
All these people have shaped my dream and aspiration to pursue a degree in math or physics. My friends knew that I am most passionate about physics and math. They have encouraged me to take this passion to a higher level. They have always joked that one day they will gladly see the Japanese friend they used to tutor become a physicist. I knew they will be happy if I pursue my dream. There is no better way of showing my appreciation for the years we have been together than showing them that the new kid they welcomed so long ago has grown up to be a successful man.
Moreover, the school world I came from has taught me not only factual knowledge but also the values I need in facing bigger tasks in a bigger world. I want to make them proud that the little boy who was once a crybaby feeling left out on the first day of school. He is now successful in his own field and able to make a difference in others’ lives.
Furthermore, the world I came from will not be the same without the family that sacrificed leaving Japan just to better provide for my needs. My aspiration of pursuing math or physics, practice it, and put into good use is largely for my mother and my father to show my appreciation for their efforts and sacrifices. Since America is my world now, I aspire to realize this here in the land I have come to call my home. I have always believed that the measure of learning is its application. Therefore, I prepare myself and try to achieve holistic development. I continuously hope that the education I have received and will receive can be used for the betterment of my world.
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