I still remember the first experience that I had at the Health Care Center and how it change me into who I really am right now. As a volunteer with my high school friends, we were given the opportunity to attended and to help to explain how the program works. A woman named Kathy came and approached me. Although I could tell that she was exhausted, but she offered a warm smile as she greeted me . Afterward we began to walk towards the table, she informed me that she was a mother of five children, and this would be the first check up she's had in the last two years. Her story began to inspire me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. The most amazing aspect of Kathy was the joy when she talked to me about her children. Her dream was for her children to have a better education. Although she doesn't have enough money to take care of her children but she won't give up and always keeps up the hard work. We sorted out the perfect medications for each of her children and stacked them carefully in her bag. As she gathered her things to leave, she embraced me tightly and continued to thank me. She reminded me that this will mean the world to her children, and she could not even begin to describe how much my help meant to her. I smiled back with happiness .
After the encounter with Kathy, somehow she reminded me of my own parents. I thought to myself. My parents gave up their life in Vietnam and came here for us to have a better future. They have been working so hard from early morning till dawn afternoon. They provided me everything that I needed. But instead I did not try my best. It made me realize that how lucky I am of having such a unique opportunity for a bright future. This led me to change my attitude towards school. Before that I thought school had no purpose, since I spoke different language. But I understand now! To be successful in life you have to have dream, be educated. Through their hard work, determination and sacrifice; my parents and...
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