In 2003, during my junior year of high school, I returned to China because my father had died of lung cancer. Although grief stricken and disappointed that I had not been able to be with my father while growing up in the United States, I learned to be strong to overcome my fears and problems. To cope with this experience, I developed an inner strength that made me believe that I could live through anything.
When I was ready to return home I was told that my passport was not valid and that I would need to obtain a new one before I could come back to the United States. By the time I was finally back in the United States, it was too late for me to begin the second semester of school. For this reason, I was not able to graduate from high school even though I had good grades. Discovering that I would have to wait for another year to continue attending high school and because the private school I was attending cost a lot of money, I made the decision to attend a community college.
Although I would have preferred to finish high school, my decision to attend community college has proven to be a good one. I have excelled academically and socially. Recently, in June 2005, I received a qualification letter for the honors program at Mount San Antonio College. And, I have received a qualification letter from the Alpha Omega Alpha Academic committee in October, 2005. I just joined the Phi Theta Kappa organization in November, a group granting acceptance based on strong academics. Now, I am ready to take the next steps in my educational pursuits and hope that the University of California will favorably view my application.