Adjusting Life in the United States of America

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I believe a person’s past reflects his or her true identity. Our actions, the experiences we go through, and the decisions we make are the factors that shape our future. As an international student traveling abroad for a better education, I have faced some personal and social problems. The ways I tried to solve my problems have taught me very significant lessons about life.

When I first came to America, I was feeling lonely and outdated. Everything I had known was not available to me. It was such a culture shock for me that I was unable to make friends and keep on getting the education I came for. When I told my parents, who are still back home with the rest of my family, that I wanted to return, they told me that sometimes in life we all have to make sacrifices to get something great. They gave me the choice of coming back home or staying in the United States for my college education. After I thought about the matter for a while, I understood that I could not take the easy way out. My parents have been providing me with everything I needed, for my whole life. And that care had not made me ready the real and challenging world. At that moment I understood that, staying in America and challenging myself in college will be taking one step forward in my life.

In order to match the people around me, I had to change my appearance and way of thinking. At the same time, I had to make sure I was following the right people. Two of the best solutions I found to solve my problems were; reading books, to build my vocabulary, and play sports to improve social skills. Without wasting any time, I joined the varsity soccer team during the spring season of my junior year, which was four months after my arrival into the United States. The changes I saw in myself were very encouraging; therefore, I worked for more. In the summer I joined the YMCA volunteer program and spent most of my time there. In my senior year, my life was a much easier. Not only did I play for the...
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