To live a better life than my parents

    In 1975 two students from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia immigrated to United States with nothing but their suitcase and their asspirations. At the time Ethiopia was a nation struck by civil war. Ultimately
this would result in the victory of communist Dictator Menguistu Miriam.
Menguistu ruled with the objective of imprisoning the educated and upper middle
class, thus threatening the lives of students. Fortunate enough to have the
resources to flee from a communist and authoritarian country the two students
came to the states. They left with the goal of living a better life then their
loved ones back home. They always remembered the sacrifices their parents made
for them and made it their goal to take advantage of the opportunity they were

   Forced to overcome the adversity of language, culture, and race they attended school and graduated from Cal State LA. Through hard work and perseverance they achieved the Ethiopian dream. This was the dream to
provide a better life for their kids, then the ones they lived growing up.
Though I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I am the son of two first
generation immigrants. Much of my inspiration in life comes from the
adversity my parents suffered, in order to provide a better life for me. This
meant putting me through private school, paying for things they normally couldn’t
afford, and supporting my ambitions. I pursue my goal to fulfill the
opportunities given to me. I carry the weight of my parent’s sacrifices and

   Having attended University of Arizona my first two years of College I had the ambition to transfer to a more academic well known school. As a result, by second semester of my
freshmen year I made it my goal to transfer to UCLA. I sacrificed my social
life in order to obtain grades I never have achieved before. My goal to attend
a better school academically was rooted in my goal to fulfill the oppurtunites
provided to me.   I do what I
do to live a better life than my parents.

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Comment by Michelle Yoon on February 11, 2011 at 11:04pm
This story is very inspiring. It is amazing how much parents do and how far they go for their children. I wish you the very best, and good luck in all your goals!

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