I come from a family that is from a different country. My family and I moved to the United States to have a better life than the one we were living in back in Mexico. I have lived in the U.S. for about 12-13 years. Ever since the beginning, my parent’s expectations of me were magnified. Along the way I was forced to make drastic decisions in order to fulfill my parent’s expectations of me.

In elementary school, my parents wanted me to be in the GT classes (Gifted &Talented;). The principal told my parents that I could not be in those classes because I was not able to fully understand the English language. He told my parents that I would have to learn English by the end of 6 months and I would have to be passing my regular classes. Then he would be able to change me to the advance classes. I had no choice but to work three times as hard so I could learn a new language. I also had to be passing all of my classes just to have a chance at the GT classes. Every day after school, I was told that to stay because the teachers told me that I would learn more quickly English. After 3 months of hard work and determination, I was able to understand the language and I was also passing all of my classes. I was never placed in the classes because my principal never signed the change. My parents were disappointed when I told them that I was not going to be in the classes they wanted for me.

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In high school I expected to be at the top 10 percent of my graduating class. They were setting a high bar. During my freshman, I was added to a program that helps high school students prepare for college. The program was called AVID. Avid stands for Advanced Via Individual Determination. The program was to help students be ready for college. Once I got into the program, there was a policy that I had to be changed into AP courses. When my parents found out, they wanted 110 percent in all of the AP classes. The AP classes were tougher than I thought. The progr…

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