The Biggest Challenge In My Life Essay

The English Language Is My Biggest Challenge

The English language is very difficult for Non-English speaking people to learn well. My parents and the generation before me had a hard time learning the English language to communicate well with others. In my life, I have had encounter many difficult situations and challenges, but I have to stress that learning to write in English has been the most difficult challenge. Learning English is a big challenge for many people who come to The United States. Sometimes, I have given up in frustration due to the difficulties I had to face to survive in this country where English is the dominant language.

There are so many variations within that English language, slang, dialect, and now some of our leaders in Oakland, are taking into consideration to introduce Ebonics, English for African American. As it been describe on an editorial of Black Enterprise, of March 1997 by Ear G. Graves Publishing Co., Inc. "Loosely define, Ebonics is the latest incarnation of what some academics call "black English"--a language, rooted in African culture, that is a distinctively African American interpretation of traditional American English".

I came to the United State eighteen years, and I couldn't understand a word of English. I wasn't able to distinguish or put together the individual

parts that make up each word. Now I can communicate with people at work, speak over the phone, and read, though I'm still not able to write well.

In my country, I went to college, and I graduated with an associate degree in electrical engineering I had a good job. I also earned respect, and I was making good money. Eighteen years ago, I came to The United States to start from scratch due the fact that I didn't speak English. Since then, I traced a new goal in my life, to learn English. Then, I went to school to learn how to communicate in the English...

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TOPIC:
There may be personal information that you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that information. You might include exceptional hardships, challenges, or opportunities that have shaped or impacted your abilities or academic credentials, personal responsibilities, exceptional achievements or talents, educational goals, or ways in which you might contribute to an institution committed to creating a diverse learning environment.

MY ESSAY:
As generic as it may sound, the language barrier is easily the biggest
challenge and hurdle of my life. Growing up in a family with parents that only
spoke Chinese could be viewed very similarly to a double-edged sword. It forced
me to learn Chinese as my first language, thus giving me a method to
communicate with my family. But on that same token, it made the transition from
Chinese, at home, to English, at school, tremendously harder. Up until fifth
grade, I had great difficulties with English because all I knew was Chinese but
eventually the transition between Chinese and English became easier. I started
to be able to comprehend the English language. Overcoming this wall reaped a
great gift as well, the ability to speak two of the most spoken and useful
languages around this world. Then the summer before my eight grade, my family
and I moved to El Paso. El Paso is a city that is very Hispanic in its culture
and well as language. Everywhere you went, you always heard somebody speaking
Spanish. This soon became the second language hurdle I had to face. But with
time, comes knowledge like the old saying goes and I was able to slowly
comprehend Spanish little by little, then slowly able to speak it. Now, in my
senior year of high school, I can fluently read, write, and speak Spanish.
Although these challenges were not easy to overcome, I did overcome them
through perseverance, dedication, and hard work. Now I have three of the most
useful languages in the world under my belt: Chinese, English, and Spanish.
Although I did not ask for any of this, I took advantage of the opportunities
presented toward me and now reap the benefits of growing up in a mono-language
family, while going to school with English speakers, then moving to a strongly
Hispanic city.

Learning a language was not the only reward I obtained when overcoming these
language hurdles, I also adopted values and morals that were embedded in the
roots of these three languages. With both my parents being directly from China,
they were strongly influenced by the Chinese culture which makes up a majority
of my norms and view on life. Growing up in a strongly Chinese family
emphasized hard work and success in an academic career was key to a successful
future. Along with respecting elders and living life without cheating or
taking shortcuts. My childhood was filled with the generic and stereotypical
Asian life that most imagine. I went to school like any other student, I took
piano classes as well as violin classes, and if I was not doing either of
those, I was studying something completely oblivious that I thought I would
never need to use or know in life, which most of the time proved to be true. If
I ever came home from school with a 95, I would have been lectured, "Why didn't
you get a 100, Jenny's son got a 100 on that test!?" Then I would be constantly
reminded by my parents that they moved to America in hopes of giving my
brothers and I a better future and how I should take advantage of what America
has to offer. I now know that was considered "constructive criticism" even
though I never once considered it constructive. Looking back at my childhood,
it was centered around academic achievements and the importance of school.

Then I moved to El Paso, a strongly Hispanic city that brought me out of my
shell and taught me that having fun was possible while having a strong focus on
my academic career. Over here in El Paso, I discovered what "fun" and "people"
actually meant. I instantly noticed that the focus on school and the academic
life was less focused on over here and students here had something unique to
each of them, their own sense of personality and character. Not everybody here
were academic robots that only thought about school. I also learned what the
word "friend" finally meant. It meant a person who is always there for you and
willing to help you through the lows and highs of your life. I have made
incredible lifelong friends here. I learned that it is possible to balance both
fun and academics. Overcoming these language hurdles as well as adopting the
best of both these cultures make a big part of my character.

Christopher Wang :) Thanks alot

I love this essay! Good luck on getting in this school!
You should probably reword the last paragraph though, I understand the point you were aiming to but I dont think that a university would like to read that you dont take your education seripusly ( not that you did say that) but just reword it to be on the safe side

Hope this helped

Thanks a lot, it means a lot.
I'll make sure to rephase my last para.

You welcome, and if you are in the tope 10% you would not have any trouble getting in. Just make sure you sent all the schools everything. I sent my things a month ahead so when I applied I received an acceptance the next day through mail.

Oh I am in top 10% but im applying to McCombs school of business which is omega prestigious and they don't follow the 10% rule -.-

Yes, but dont you need a totally different application for that?

Nope :P when you use applytexas, you just pick your school you want to apply too. Can I get your opinion on this essay too :)

TOPIC :Write an essay in which you tell us about someone who has made an impact on your life and explain how and why this person is important to you.

Essay:

Everyone has a special person that will always be treasured in their hearts. For some, it may take a lifetime to meet this person, for others, this person can be found at earlier age. For me, I met my special person the moment I was born. He knows me from my simple habits to the intricacies about me. He has always been there for me to guide me along the right path. He accepts my flaws and loves me regardless. My father is the most important person in the world to me. Without the help of his diverse qualities, distinct voice, and heart of kindness, I would not be the same person I am today. He is not only a father to me but my role model and the person I wish to become when I grow up. It is thanks to my father that I have the opportunity to dream of achieving anything and becoming anything I want in the land of opportunities, America. Thanks to the sacrifice of his hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

Ever since my father was born, he has been thrown into numerous hardships and situations I can only imagine. At an early age, my grandma had to give up my father to her sister in Spain to avoid China's "one child per family" law. Then when my father turned seven, he was forced to help out on the farm. A mere, scrawny seven year old boy had to plough the fields up until the age of sixteen when he finally was able to save up enough money from working his second job of being a waiter in a small restaurant to move to America, the land of opportunity. Immediately after moving to America, he had to find a new job to pay the rent for his small 'eight by eight' apartment room. Throughout his life, he has been constantly working. Even today, he still works ten hours a day, every day of the week to provide me and my family with a home and food on the table.

Through all the lows and highs of his life, he only regretted one thing. Not being able to achieve an education. All of my life, he has stressed this one and only ideal: an education is crucial to a successful life. Without my father in my life guiding me on the right path, I definitely would not be the same person I am today.

Is it too short? They let you use 120 eighty character lines but mine is only 30ish eighty character lines

You need to check that out, I dont think thats what I read because I was sort of interested in that school too. & sure thing...

* use grandmother
Everyone has a special person that will always be treasured in their hearts. For some, it may take a lifetime to meet this person. For others, this person can be found at an earlier age. As for me, I met my special person the moment I was born. He knows me from my simple habits to my intricacies. He has always been there for me to guide me along the right path. He accepts my flaws and loves me regardless. My father is the most important person in the world to me. Without the help of his diverse qualities, distinct voice, and heart of kindness, I would not be the same person I am today. He is not only a father to me, but my role model. The person I wish to become when I grow up. It is thanks to my father that I have the opportunity to dream of achieving and becoming anything I want in the land of opportunities, America. Thanks to the sacrifice of his hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

Since his birth, my father has been thrown into numerous hardships and situations I can only imagine. At an early age, my grandmother had to give up my father to her sister in Spain inorder to avoid China's "one child per family" law. Then when my father turned seven, he was forced to help out on the farm. A mere, scrawny seven year old boy had to plough the fields up until the age of sixteen. When he finally was able to save up enough money from working his second job as a waiter in a small restaurant to move to America, the land of opportunity. [b]Ok I got stuck right here, what did he do after his job as a waiter?Immediately after moving to America, he had to find a new job to pay the rent for his small 'eight by eight' apartment room. Throughout his life, he has been constantly working. Even today, he still works ten hours a day, every day of the week to provide me and my family with a home and food on the table.

Through all the lows and highs of his life, he only regretted one thing. Not being able to achieve an education. All of my life, he has stressed this one and only ideal: an education is crucial to a successful life. Without my father in my life guiding me on the right path, I definitely would not be the same person I am today.

Good ending, just try to give an example of yourself. How did his hard work change you or impact you? What are certain things that you do not take for granted?

wait I get it now just make that long sentence into two

Thanks mucho :D You just gave me some really good ideas to put into the essay:) and I'll take a look at the applying thing

This is a email I got from the assistant director
"Admissions: Deadline - December 1, 2011

ˇ Submit your ApplyTexas Application
ˇ Submit your Official High School Transcript (with rank, if your school ranks)
ˇ Your resume and essays will play extremely important roles in your admission decisions, so be sure to spend a lot of time and effort on those areas as well.

o Sample Resume
o Essay Topics
ˇ MAKE SURE YOUR SAT OR ACT SCORES WERE SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE TESTING AGENCY TO UT-AUSTIN!!! "

So I don't know what you mean by another application unless you meant the business honor program. That does require another application

hmm maybe your right, just make sure you send those things ASAP. I guess it gets me nervous because some of my friends still have not done it. Well wish you the best of luck! Il be in that campus next year if everything goes as planned financially.

Haha see you next year :D and if you want to see my revision of the last para, here it is :)

Through all the lows and highs of his life, he only regretted one thing. Not being able to achieve an education. All of my life, he has stressed this one and only ideal: an education is crucial to a successful life. He was so determined in his ideal of education being important, I remember during late nights where I would be perplexed by my homework and he would sit there with me, helping me through it even though he barely knew English. Or that one time in fifth grade where I was up until 3A.M. working on my history project and because he could not help me with the information part of the project, he would help me out with the simple tasks like cutting out pictures and gluing them on the poster board. Along with the high sense of the importance for education, I was also taught by my father to treasure all I have, never taking things for granted. Without my father in my life guiding me on the right path and helping me through the tough times of my life, I definitely would not be the same person I am today.

Thanks for your tips, it really helped me with this last para :)

perfect



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