As a result of my parents emigrating from Vietnam to the United States, they were forced to start from scratch and build their ways up. Being a first generation college student, I also saw the struggles my parents had to endure in order to set me up for a better life. I was taught the importance of education and self-motivation in order to succeed in life. With this in mind I have set out to keep pushing myself to become a great engineer in order to provide a better life for my family and myself.
Since I was young boy I have always dreamed of going to college one day and make my family proud. I come from a low class family where we cherish everything that we work for. Growing up in a farm working family has taught me the value hard work and to remain humble because not everyone has the same things you have. Watching my parents come home from work exhausted and drained made me want to avoid the job that they worked in. Even today my father continues to tell me to do something good with my life and not to end up like him. My family is my support system and motivators because they truly believe that I can be whatever I want if I put my mind to it, have the desire and will to pursue it. I still remember picking grapes in the hot weather
My vehement desire to be an engineer was obvious - I was born in a family of engineers. My great grandfather, Hazura S Birdi was the 1st Indian electrical engineer in America. Thereafter, my grandfather was a machinist and my father is a civil engineer; Perhaps, my fascination towards science and technology is hereditary. Following their footsteps, I decided to become an engineer.
I tell myself the encouraging words by author George Sand, “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” I wish I could change, my pass an be able to grow up in the same household as my siblings.
We always tend to question ourselves as we reach adulthood- Am I going to be successful? Have I even changed since being a child? Am I really who I think I am? From the moment we entered the world to the day we die, there is a small portion of adolescence where we experience who we really are and what even makes us that way. Although, as a nineteen year old lady, I still have growing to do; I have made discoveries that really explain why I am the person I present myself to be and why others would agree. Today I define myself as being independent, honest, and a psychology major.
Most of my life, I had imagined a lively family, that would always be loved, as well as to love each other. December 2014 was when it happened. My parents had always been in love, they even had a movie that represented their relationship. Every day was to be a contented one, as long as our family was together. I felt terrible to have had to experience such grief when the joyous holidays were ahead of me. While I was eating dinner with my sister, the sound of yelling and the thumping of steps down the stairs made my heart drop. What was going on?
The most important aspect of my life is my family. My parents, Carol Ann and Lance, have always been my biggest supporters, and my sister, MariKate, is also a student here at FHSU. She is a senior this year, and she will graduate this spring with a degree in Ag. Business. Since my father is a rancher and cowboy, I have always lived around horses and cattle; however, we also have two dogs, Margo and Brandi. In addition to helping on the farm, my mom also has a job in town, as a K-State Research and Extension Agent. I am from a small town in Western Kansas by the name of Scott City; it was a wonderful town, which had the best support system a child could ask for while growing up. Although I was born in Garden City, I moved to Scott City when I was six, and attended all my school years there in Scott City. While attending high school, I was very active in a multitude of activities; National Honors Society, 4-H, Student Council, Varsity Cheer, and Future Business
“Who am I?” is the question that we all ask ourselves. Are we brave? Are we happy? Are we risk takers? There are so many questions we ask and so many factors that determine who we are. It’s our personality and beliefs that make us who we are. Events that happen in our lives changes who we are whether we realize it or not. It could be a birthday or graduating high school but in my case, what changed me and made me who I am as a person is the day my aunt had passed away.
As an young boy you never really think about how your life can completely change forever. For me my childhood was filled with legos and beach days and eating all the junk food I could imagine. My young, sweet life was great. That’s it. Just great. I never really thought it would change into something that I would forever be stuck with. Something that would screw up my daily routine, my habits and hobbies, and most of all, my junk food. Type one Diabetes would attach its disgusting self to me and in my boyhood mind, ruin my life forever. I was just an eleven year old sixth grader. Too young to realize that my condition could change my life in a good way.
Life events and emotions go hand in hand. There have been many events in my life that had an emotional effect on me, whether it’s positive or negative. But there’s one event that I think about often, I am reminded of every day, and has also created a continuous feeling of happiness. To some an event like this isn’t a big deal. For me it was something that I had dreamt of for years.
For my mandala I have chosen the five most important things in my life. My most important being my family. The other four are love, religion, education, and happiness..
The second factor is school, my teachers always told me about how amazing engineers are, and how did they help building with other scientists our modern world, until I reached high school when I first studied physics as a single subject. My physics teacher was the most to affect me by teaching me about engines and they work and planting the love of mechanics and engineering into my soul which kept growing with me as I grew older.
To live a life worth living is very open to interpretation. It is based on how you as a person live, and act. We all need some human interaction in order to have some kind Of well lived life, because the best way to learn is through opening up. Many people have a hard time opening up
It is said to never judge a book by its cover. The same should really be said in regard to the human person. Unfortunately, all too often first impression judgements are made which can fix the tone of someone's entire existence. Behind his big blue eyes and under his bleached white hair, is a mind of a man who for most of his life has dealt with struggle and turmoil in regards to being comfortable in his own skin. If only humanity could look past what is seen of someone on the outside and begin to see the deeper being under the surface, society would see much less hate.
In life we are given lessons such as to “Never give up” or “Be yourself,” A life lesson that I will neer forget is we are not going to get eveything we want in life. We are not always going to get the job, our crush, or the spot on a varsity team. Yes, it’s going to hurt because we want it so bad, that we give it our all, but at the it wasn’t meant to be. Everything happens for a reason and maybe not getting that one thing in life, brings you something so much more bigger in life.