January 16th, 2013
“Tell us about a person, a place, or an event in your life that has particular meaning for you and it is important to you. We’d especially like to hear about someone or something that has affected your life that may have not been noticed by other people.”
I remember that dreadful April afternoon like it was yesterday. My heart was ready to jump out of my chest from pounding so hard, and I could feel my face turning bright red from the embarrassment. I was trying my hardest not to give them the satisfaction of seeing me cry, even though it was extremely hard to hold back the tears. I felt the room spinning and me running out of that room in a matter of seconds. When I look back at this moment now, I realize that this particular event made me a better person with a stronger personality. I am very thankful it happened, even though I might have not thought so at the moment.
Just like many more other foreign kids in middle school, I was bullied. It was my first year in the U.S, and my English was not very good. I was not like many students in my grade, mostly because of the tremendous culture differences between the U.S and where I came from. In Albania, kids grew up together, and they would not bully or make fun of each other. They say that words hurt more than bullets, but that quote never made any sense to me until I got to experience it. Emotionally, it was a horrible part of my life, but mentally, it helped me concentrate on my goals even more. It made me want to show my bullies, especially my worst “enemy”, Nicole, what I was capable of, and what great things I would accomplish later on.
Everyone’s goals change over time. When you were younger you dreamed of being a princess, a ballerina, or a firefighter, but as you grow older you realize that your fairytale life is not real. You then understand that you have to work really hard for what you want, and in my case I had the extra motivation to do so. I... [continues]
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