I came from a family where education is the utmost priority. Since childhood I was surrounded by books that my parent valued so much. In one of these books I came across the quote by Aristotle "the roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet".
Being a child of Western Ukrainian immigrants I came as a first grader to this country with no knowledge of English. I have learned that the roots of education are truly bitter, as my parents did not make it easy for me. While my parents were mastering their new professions, working at night and taking classes during the day at CSU, I had to establish and educate myself right at the very beginning of my school years. I probably did well because by the end of the 4th grade, that's in two years, I had only “A”s and “B”s in my entire academic subjects and spoke fluent English. The quote by Charles de Gaulle "only by coming to grips with difficulties one can realize his potentials" became the second supporting pillar of my personal philosophy.
Hard work and consistency became the third pillar of my philosophy. If there is such a thing as a gene of "industriousness" I probably inherited it from my mother. This is one thing that really helped me overcome the hardships of being bilingual. Teachers never realized how hard it was for me to follow and comprehend oral and written information just because of a slower process time due to being bilingual. I also took intense courses in Spanish while in school. I would rather characterize myself as a person of moral obligation and word. Once I set my mind on something I always do it. I always follow through on my promises be it cutting the grass for my church, or tutoring a bilingual child. I will show up whatever it takes me. I will keep my promise and find time in my busy schedule even if it detriments my own grades. I think that I am a humanist and love working with people. Working for my community and...
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