Anyone that knows me knows that I am a very hardworking and dedicated person. I have high ambitions and have pushed through many hardships. Through all of this, I have used my inspiration as my motivation: my family. My parents have been through so much to give me what I have today and I could never repay them. The least I can do is try my best to try to make them proud. Also, shoutout to my little brother who inspires me to be a better role model.
My mom is literally the older version of me. She has always pushed me to work hard, know my own worth, and to laugh at life. Everything she has done and every decision she has made has been in the interest of improving and making her family happy. When my mom was a child in Cambodia, she lived and escaped through the regime of Pol Pot (more commonly known as the Khmer Rouge or the Cambodian genocide). My grandmother carried my mom on her back in the middle of the night and fled the country. From there, they lived in a refugee camp in Thailand before getting sponsored by a family to come to the United States. Each time I hear this story, I become more and more grateful for the life I have been given. Both my mom and my grandma have been through so much. Because of this hardship, my mom always makes sure that my brother and I live a happy life. She has done so many thankless actions and she is one of my best friends. Mom, if you are reading this: I love you and thank you.
I thank my father for how determined and hardworking I am. Since I was a little kid, he always pushed me to do better and be better. He saw the potential in me before I did. He is the man of our household and I can never repay him for teaching me math (I would suck even more at math than I do now). My dad grew up in Laos in a small village near Vietnam. Because of the Vietnam War, his village was consistently being bombed by the United States. The bombing soon became unbearable so his family moved to the capital of Laos, Vientaine. Life was extremely hard in Laos, and eventually, went to a refugee camp and waited to be sponsored to the United States. When he got to the United States, he struggled with speaking English and adapting to the culture. Through all of this, he managed to graduate high school, graduated college, and got a job at a top engineering company. Whenever I am struggling, I always tell myself: “If dad can do it, you can do it.” Dad, if you are reading this: I love you and thank you.
My brother likes to pretend that he hates me but the two of us are actually two “peas in a pod.” If you ask people that know the both of us, most of them will tell you that my brother and I are almost the same person. When I look at my younger brother, I see so much potential in him and I am so proud of him. He’s going to come to college this upcoming fall and be my roommate again and honestly, I’m excited. Me and my brother have always got along and when we were little kids, we did everything together. He inspires me to be a good role model not only for him, but for anyone younger that I encounter in my life. He makes me excited to grow up and to watch him grow up. I can’t wait to see what he will accomplish in his life. Brandon, if you are reading this: I love you and thank you.