LERN 50: College Success
15 August 2012
I was born and raised in Saipan with three older brothers and a younger sister. Saipan is a small island that is only fifteen miles long and seven miles wide and it’s located on the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is the capitol of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. My father inherited land on Saipan from my grandmother and it was there he built a home for us to live. In spite of the island’s poor economy, my parents felt like it was the right place to raise us.
I rarely witness or experienced struggles growing up. Poverty did exist but having little money wasn’t really a problem in Saipan. In a place where almost everyone knows everyone, altruism was a natural behavior. I remember only seeing one homeless person when I was there and he didn’t have a difficult time getting spare change or food from the community. Later he was fortunate to have ran into a family that was nice enough to build a shed on their land for him to live in.
Early on in my life I have struggled with peer pressure from the wrong group of crowd. I was doing well for the first couple of years in elementary school until I reached the 3rd grade when I met my first childhood friend Ding and his group friends, a group of troubled kids that had a strong influence in the choices I made in my life growing up. Those choices where not good choices at all, within the first week of knowing them I have learned more about skipping classes than my basic arithmetic. They were 3rd grade retainers, who should have been in the 6th grade level. I remained close friends with them regardless of how they did at school and it didn’t matter if trouble seemed to appear only when they were around.
Even though I maintained a close relationship with them, my parents had managed to push me hard enough for me to pass every grade level throughout grade school. It wasn’t easy because...