Be the Change You Want to See in the World

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Be the change you want to see in the world” -- Mahatma Gandhi

My name is Rosa Soto. I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and lived there until I was six years old. My family came to the United States because my parents desired for us to have a better, richer life in the United States because surviving in Mexico was really difficult due to the high rates of unemployment. One problem my family encountered as they came to the U.S. was that we did not know how to speak English. My father had to find work and we needed a home to live in as well. We moved to an apartment that had only one bedroom and eventually, my dad found a job in the apartments where we lived. He was hired as a repairman to help people with the plumbing and electricity. My parents took night classes in English at an elementary school to improve their English. My mother stayed at home and she always reminded us to eat all of our food because we could not afford expensive food; we were not rich people. As a young student I was placed in resource classes because my English was not very good. Becoming a better English speaker is one of my life-long goals. Even though my English is not great, I do my best to learn everything I can. Math is my weakest subject. I took Algebra in the ninth grade and I struggled in the class, but was able to start to understand the subject better. The following year I took Geometry and did very well. The next year when I started taking Algebra II, I found I was again having difficulty learning the concepts. My teacher did not think I could learn the concepts and encouraged me re-take Algebra but with the help of a tutor I was able to be successful in the class. I earned a B+ and was really proud of the result. I realize that school is difficult and it’s hard to succeed if you don’t ask for help or look for resources to help you better understand the materials. As a college student, I know that the classes are only going to get harder but I will not let myself...
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