7’o clock in the morning, I wake up and start getting ready to go to school for the lecture that starts at 9. Because I am a commuter who lives in Korean town, which is about 15 miles away from UCLA, I have to wake up earlier than others, just to catch up with LA traffic. It is pretty painful to wake up so early and to take a bus in cold morning weather, but commuting does help to save a lot of money.
Our family moved to US about 5 years ago now, only for my sister’s and my educations. Since my dad had his own business in Korea, he had to choose to be apart with mom to support our family. When we moved to US, we lived in Houston for about 4 years which made me to pay out of state tuition for UCLA and it is pretty pricey. It is really hard to keep up with all the school tuitions and living costs especially when won (Korean money unit) to dollar rate is low and it tends to happen more these days due to recession.
When I was growing up, I never felt that I lacked something and I still don’t feel anything like it either. My parents bought me whatever I wanted, if it is needed. However, I started to realize that it is giving pressures to my parents to ask for anything I want, and then I start thinking before I make a decision. Our family income status never bothered me, because my parents managed well enough not to affect us (sister and me) even if it took them to save more for us, and I am very thankful for what my parents have done. Without their great love, it would have been impossible
Wdydwyd? I want to set everything up for myself as soon as possible, so I can be independent and even help my parents preparing retirements. People say that money can’t buy everything, so we shouldn’t chase after it. But my idea about it is that people won’t be happy all the time without money either.