- Its due in no less than 16 hours so I figured I have you guys give me some input. Thank you in advance
It is fair to say that most of us take what we have for granted. I admit that I too have been guilty of the same. This is likely because it has taken time for me to acclimate and mature into the person I see in the mirror today. The origin of this maturity is the same as the drive I have come to posses, my heritage.
Several years ago, the grandparents that were responsible for my upbringing had passed away. This was a devastating loss I feel to this days. At the time, I have not seen my grandparents in quite some time and did not speak to them as much as I would have liked to. I felt that I was falling and there was no one to catch me. I was unable to deal with their passing for an extended period of time until I came to an understanding of what was to be done..
Realizing my family has overcome hardship and adversity since the early 1900s was the key to what had to be done. My grandfather shared on pair of shoes with 12 of his siblings as they were growing up in freezing winters of what used to be known as The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He did not let this stop him from became an engineer who is single handedly responsible for some of the largest developments in Moscow, Russia. My father came to the United States with a small sum of money and endured homelessness so he could someday bring me to the country of endless opportunity in hopes that I would be able to utilize the liberties and freedoms to prosper .
I have never forgotten this and have worked hard to repay the debt to my family. Holding a job since the age of sixteen and obtaining a full-time position immediately after my high school graduation. I was driven by the sacrifices my parents and grandparents have made.. But, as I became acclimated to the inner workings of the country I can now call home, it was more and more operant that a lack of education was a likely dead end.
I enrolled in Orange Coast College and struggled to find time and energy between a full time job and my newly acquired endevour. My grades were mediocre and the progress was slow. It was at a dead end; on one hand I had a duty to support my parents start a new life and on the other I needed to continue my education without which I would likely find myself to be average at best.
Fueled by the determination, I sought an employment opportunity that would allow me to provide the same support as before in conjunction with consideration for me as a student. After a prolonged search, a perfect job opportunity opened allowing me concentrate on my education With the new position, the opportunity to become a full-time student was no longer a dream and the grades drastically increased, eventhough, I continued to work in excess of 40 hours a week.
I spent the first half of my life in a country which is commonly known to be responsibility for the Cold War, vodka and caviar. Growing up, I spent several nights falling asleep to the tune machine gun fire and the bedtime story of a tank shelling a building only a few blocks away. My family has overcome adversity and so far has not been stopped. I can only say that I will not be one to give up and ever take anything I have granted.
Word Count: 600 ( It just came out that way)