Life historical bakground
Moving 3 times during High School between different states and countries is an experience that helped to shape my character. My family moved from Thailand to the United States after I finished 8th grade in a traditional Thai catholic school. I then started my first year of high school in America. My staying in America gave me a chance as an outsider to look back and reflect about my own country and community, which had raised my concern about my community in Thailand. It was also a challenge, as an ESL student, in pursuing my educational goal. I've learned to become more independent with my ideas while adapting and understanding the different cultures.
Having been in catholic school ever since I was in kindergarten, I've been doing various community projects from the time I was in forth grade. I remember my self sitting in an off-road car while it jumps up and down for hours across the canals up hills around the border of Thailand when my family went on a project to build schools and libraries for the hills tribes.
Once my family and I moved to America, I was thrown in a public high school in Beaumont, Texas. Being from a developing South East Asian country, and having problems with English, I experienced Neo-racism. One time a white junior guy come up to me during art class while I'm working and listening to my Ipod and ask what kind of music I listened. After hearing the song I was listening, he immediately shouted to his friends "these are totally copies, the song sound like John Mayer's, singing in that funny language", and start imitating. It was not the first insult I've heard after arriving in the U.S. It was my first year of high school when I've felt completely lonely and isolated. It was also the starting point when I've develop a desire to improve life of people in my country. I've become keenly curious about the economy of developing countries. During more than a year of musing about these topics, I've come to my own conclusion about one problem preventing my country from developing, which is the social inequality caused by our economic and political system.
Some people around me are given a comfortable life without ever had to worry about working, while some kids are selling lottery tickets on the street. Thailand ranked one of the top five of having the worst income distribution. I've came to my own conclusion the only thing missing in our system is the inheritance tax, which had long been a controversial in the Thai politics, but never seems to become effective.
After I moved back to Thailand in 11th grade, I had a chance again to volunteer in a government-funded girl orphan school. Besides volunteering, my friends and I also spend a lot of our saving money during the project. We ended up losing a lot of money and did not change things as much as we hoped to. I learned that improving someone's life isn't easy; times and a lot of efforts are needed. I realized the least way that everyone can help is by doing best in our parts, voting, respecting the laws and rules of society, and paying taxes.
As a foreign student, language barrier was a big problem which forced me to work harder in high school in order to succeed. Though, I've worked to improve my skills by reading a lot of books and taking related classes such as speech, power reading, and English. I also took extra classes as I got back to Thailand on these areas of weakness. Through this experience, I've come to believe in hard work and that everything can be achieved after we have our goal.
During my second year in America, I've moved from Texas to Bellevue, Washington. I've had a great time living and studying in Bellevue, with a beautiful natural surrounding. My teachers and friends are active, open minded, and inspiring. I've from then decided University of Washington as one of my first choice university. I've decided to apply University of Washington with hopes to pursue my education in a challenging academic environment, with diversity and variety of academic courses.
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