Personal Narrative: Starting Seventh Grade In The United States

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“Hello! What’s your name?” “Uyen Nhat Phuong Nguyen.” I see the expression, then hear the response: “ What?” Starting fifth grade in the U.S. without knowing a single word of English, going to back to Vietnam three years later incapable of fully enhancing the Vietnamese language is not exactly an ideal circumstance for blending in. For many years, I was always the quiet one sitting in the corner, the one who few people talked to, the one out of the loop. I was the “local alien”.
Beside, my shyness and I did not think it necessary to make new friends anyway. Transitioning from eight grade to high school was especially difficult for me because growing up, I had always gone to school with people who looked like me, sound like me, and dressed
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