Congratulations to Kahye who won 3rd place in our WEST Testimonial Essay contest!
United States of America is wonderful. When I arrived at LAX, I took a bus to go to my house. A few minutes after getting on the bus, I found out one wonderful thing. There were priority chairs for the handicapped which were folded up and down for make a room for them. There was also a foldable slope to make it easier for people with wheelchairs to access bus. More surprises were followed by it. My apartment had a pool and my friends’ dormitories had a pool, a Jacuzzi, and barbeque area. I was surprised by the fact that people enjoy the weekend with their families around these facilities. As I learned from this, I used to have a barbeque party with my friends.
Ethnicity doesn’t tell your country in USA. “Where are you from?” I hear this question every time I meet someone in USA. I thought people asked this question detecting that I’m from other countries by my appearance, because I have many features of Asian. However, people don’t actually assume that I’m not American, since USA is the country of immigrants. I met Japanese American roommate, Korean American boss, and Mexican American family in USA. The question above implies what state or country I am from. When I was in Korea, I judged the nationality by appearance even though Korea is becoming a multiethnic and multicultural country. I learned the quote, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Strong
Now I’m strong enough to be a grown-up. I was an ordinary university student in Korea. I lived with my family, hung out with my friends, and struggled with assignments. Since I came to USA, my life has been tougher. I had to find my own room to stay, make friends, and spend time and money wisely. I needed to be more independent and active. Reaching out opportunities to get what I want, I went to language exchange meet-up, attended most events in LA and discovered good deals. Going through these experiences, I get to know how to communicate with people and behave wisely.
I’m a web programmer intern. The fun fact is that I have never learned how to create a web page before. But, my supervisor encouraged