There have been many struggles in school, and I plan to overcome them all. I want my younger siblings to see that despite all the difficulties, I did not give up on my education. The biggest struggle I had to overcome was my parent’s divorce. It was hard to cope with my parent’s divorce because I did not want to lose either one of my parents. The divorce affected me because I have to be an even better and obedient son and grandson to my mom and grandparents. After my mom got divorced, I have to learn everything myself and rely on my mom and grandparents. My grandparents technically rise me when I was young since my mom had to work everyday. I see my grandparents as if they are my real parents.
My grandparents would always tell me to do well in school, so I can go to college, get a degree, find a job, and make a lot of money. I have to be strong and show the world that even without a dad, I can still be successful and stay out of trouble. I still try to do my best to show my grandparents that I am cable of succeeding. I want to my grandparents to be proud and not make them feel disappointed because I know that if I do not succeed, they would blame themselves for not pushing me hard enough to become a young, successful Hmong boy/men.
Seeing my parents struggle with only having a high school diploma makes me unhappy, so I plan to achieve higher goals and become more successful. I do not want to be like them where they did not pursue a college degree. They did not have the same opportunities that I have now. I have to show my parents that I will take advantage of opportunities and make the most out of it. I want to graduate from a university where I can get a degree and expand my knowledge of the world.
Being a role model in the Hmong culture is not easy, but it does not make me want to change who I am. I am proud of myself because every struggle has made me want to succeed even more. Most importantly, every challenge I plan to overcome will provide my family honor in having me as an obedience and successful son, older sibling, and grandson.