My California Essay

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My CaliforniaCalifornia, generally, is known for it's gleaming sun that leaves people with sun-kissed skin, humongous waves for toned, six-packed surfers, glistening sand on the beaches where girls run around in bikinis, wealthy people crazy shopping on Rodeo Drive, beautiful views and walks on the Golden Gate Bridge, and happiness throughout the state. As jolly, as this sounds, this is only the assumption and stereotypical views for people who lives outside of this state. My experience in California definitely differs from this. Living here separated my family.My parents were born in Hong Kong in the late 1960's. When it was time for college, they both were admitted to a university in Canada, where they met and dated. After graduating, they courageously moved to California to start a new and better life. On September 17, 1995, I was born in The Children's Hospital. Fortunately for me, my family made the 6 figure annual income so we lived comfortably and pleasurably. My dad is an IT Technician at IBM and my mom was a clinical manager at Golden Gate OB/GYN. As a toddler, my parents would consistently travel to different places with me, like Disneyland, Disney World, Legoland, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, etc...Throughout preschool to eighth grade, I attended Cornerstone Academy, a Christian private school in San Francisco. Being in a strict environment made little rebellious acts, thrilling. For example, sneak texting, or being a minute late to class, or having a note to not go to school that day was considered "bad ass" at the time. Most of the students in my grade grew up together so making friends was never a problem. Since I grew up in a protected and single racial school, my world was like looking at an ocean through a small hole.It was not until I went to Westmoor High School, that my perspective began to expand. Different cultures, ethnicities, vocabulary, and drugs were introduced to me. Back in Cornerstone, the "f" word was never present, but at Westmoor High, that word, along with others were being used in every sentence. Marijuana, the most commonly used drugged, never existed to me until it was being taught in Health class. Holding hands felt like breaking the law back at Cornerstone, but at Westmoor, PDA, also known as public display of affection, was seen at every locker, every door of classrooms, and in every hallway.Envision children running barefoot in tandem with their lunches, envision chaos as leaders yell with frustration, envision me heeding to every ridiculous request the campers had. My first job in 2009 at a summer camp, CUPC, Christ United Presbyterian Church. This taught me how to deal with little kids, the importance of tolerance, and how kids look upon us as role models. My second job was at Kumon, a learning center where it's main focus is English and Math, which I worked at for 4 years. Although, I learned about tolerance, working there with hundreds of kids, was gruesome. In the summer of 2013, I was hired at...

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