I have spent my entire life making sure that my parents’ sacrifices have been worthwhile.My refugee experience is no different from the millions of others. Imagine every Syrian child in a refugee camp holding that sign. Before we went to the rally, we met up with our friends for dim sum to celebrate the Lunar New Year.I realized in that moment that part of the darkness for me on Saturday stemmed from the notion that perhaps, as a refugee, I did not belong here.
This weekend, I spent a lot of time thinking about the Syrian refugees in particular. She launched into a two-minute monologue, which clearly wasn’t going to work on a 1-by-3-foot sign. As we watched an incredible performance by a local lion dancing troop, I was struck by how very Houston this all was. I was worried about whether it would be safe for them.
Their dreams of going back to Syria have diminished, as are their hopes for resettlement. Ultimately I decided it was important that they see their own parents' values in action. So I asked her questions: What does she believe in? Here I was, eating Chinese dim sum with my Irish-Polish friends, watching a cultural performance at a restaurant owned by Vietnamese refugees before going to a rally for immigrants happening right next to the pre-Super Bowl festivities at Discovery Green and the George R. I’m not going to paint a picture of us walking boldly and confidently towards the rally, however. Standing up and voicing a strong opinion is uncomfortable. But once we were there, my heart swelled with pride.
That means I have a lot of experience in all types of writing.
In order to major in a communications-related field, students must take a rigorous schedule of English courses, which means a whole lot of essay writing.
Some of my goals may seem unrealistic, but it will always give me something to aim for.
If I could describe myself in two words, it would be dedicated and relaxed. I believe that being dedicated helps to employ good work ethics in people, which is something this world is lacking at times. In order to complete this personal evaluation, I will split my life into three categories: spiritual, mental, and my view of life. Both my parents were raised as strong Christians, and I've been brought up the same way.In my younger years, religion was a significant part of my life.They got to celebrate their own cultural heritage here in the heart of Texas.They got to see their mother, a refugee, fight to keep the door open for the refugees behind her. President Donald Trump's recently signed executive order enacting a travel ban and a freeze on refugee resettlement hit on so many of my own core values, and I felt the enormity of the impact for so many people. They were caught and promptly jailed; my mother and brother were released after a few days, but my father remained in a labor prison for 18 months. My parents first tried to flee their home country of Vietnam in 1977, while my mother was still pregnant with me.I feel more independent as a Christian, and can explore my own beliefs without feeling pressure from others within the church.My independence has driven me to study different religious views on such topics as creation, evolution, and interpretations of the Bible.I look at life, especially at this age, as a time to experience new things.A time to get away from the same everyday routine, and enjoy the short time we have on earth. Whether it's to run my own business someday, or just to bring a friend back to church.