Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
"Hello, my name is ..."
As I walked to the stage, my legs shook uncontrollably that I could hardly walk. I could hear my heart thumping heavily and become faster and faster. Although I can feel my icy hand, my face turns red. "How can I get through this?" I thought to myself anxiously. The nerve took over every thought and word.
"I'm going to present a current event about the national governments in America."
Standing in front of the whole class, I tried to utter my first word with 60 staring eyes focusing on me. As I continued to speak, however, my discomfort and apprehension diminished. I saw the curiosity and the encouragement from my classmates' face, which forced me to finish. Despite my awkward English, my classmates gave me almost deafening applause which proved the countless nights I put effort in. I walked down the stage, with smile and valor.
That was my first time to give a speech. When I just came to America, I felt fearful and reluctant to stand in front of everyone and speak. Because of my lack of knowledge in English, and mostly the fear and unconfident, I never think of giving a speech in front anyone.
I was always praised for my intelligence and diligence in school. But I didn't try to step out of my own narrow world. As my primary view of American student, they have more diverse life beyond study. Some of my classmates participate in various sports teams, some establish alluring and organized clubs, and some work for the tuition in college. I realized that America needs leadership and innovation, not obedience and stereotype. They gave speeches in front of the whole school to run for student council and dare to challenge the teacher, which is out of my original imagination.
I'm not a natural-born speaker. Like most children in China today, I was always under the protection and love of my parents. Recalling the time when I was in China, I preferred to be an audience rather than a speaker. I didn't dare to stand on stage and was afraid that everyone will laugh at me if I made a minor mistake.
*I need to change. I need to venture outside my comfort bubble. During the short study-participated experience in Hillsboro High School, I have found my dream and value of life, the participation and enjoyment in the school life.
Only because the two different culture shape who I am today.* When again standing on stage, I became confident and present my project proficiently. Now I even enjoy the feeling to give a speech, instead of sitting there to be an audience. That's success, which I can never get if I choose only to be an audience. Furthermore, I own the courage and determination to choose my own unknown fate. Because I know, whatever life will be, I already have the ability to challenge myself, to conquer myself, to exceed myself.
plz give me opinions, I just could not think of any other ideas... I write some other essays but it seemed so bad...
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