What has shaped you today?
Experiences, the people around me and environment contribute with what has shaped who I am today as a person. Experiences that are both good and bad have had positive and negative impacts in my life. My parents migrated from Mexico to the United States in their early twenties; they both came to California and met each other in Los Angeles and started a family together. Moving from Mexico to a new country to pursue their dreams has had a huge impact not only in their life but mine as well. I consider the experience of growing up in Los Angeles California as a United States citizen a positive experience, I am grateful to have the opportunities of being able to continue my education in this country. Having a loving family who is supportive at all times is a blessing. My parents always encouraged us to be hard working individuals because hard work and effort demonstrates commitment, orderliness, and discipline. The skills I have learned from my parents inspire me to move forward, I have seen them struggle and still manage to keep our family together. When my parents came here they had to work low paying jobs; not having an education was difficult for them but they had goals set and they were going to accomplish them. My family has had a huge impact on my life on who I am today, we have had good times and bad times yet we always look out for each other and are willing to help when in need.
Growing up with immigrant parents and having a language barrier made it difficult for them to find well-paying jobs but it wasn’t impossible, we grew up in small homes and we moved around a lot. We were constantly moving schools and it was always hard moving and starting again in building friendships with new people in a new environment, moving around had both a negative and positive impact in my life I always had difficulty with making new friends at new schools and I felt like a took me a little longer to bond and form close relationships with others but at the same time it demonstrates that I am able to adapt. The only person that is a non-family member that I know from childhood is my friend Yulia who I have kept in touch with over the years and whose friendship I highly value.
Even though we didn’t grow up in the best circumstances we always celebrated holidays together and made the best out of everything. My parent’s hard work paid off they now own their own home which they are proud of, their children are grown up and continue to push forward for a better future. Having a supportive family overall I would say is the main thing that I consider has shaped who I am today. My parents always encouraged and pushed us to do better for a better future.