In my heart, I am an Indian. By law, I am an American. I? ve learned to live the Indian way at home and the American way outside. By training at home, I have been able to retain my culture and learn about my religion. By mingling up in this society, I am learning about American culture and Christianity. Although I? m surrounded by the American culture most of the time, I have been able to keep my native culture alive.
I speak my native language at home, which is Hindi. I am learning to read and write in Hindi using the Internet. Our culture is to respect our elders and especially our teachers. In our culture, teachers have the highest position in our society. Education is the most important thing to us. We must get good education.
Traditionally, we do not have to undergo stresses caused by disintegrating of families. Another important thing our culture teaches us is to respect other cultures and religions. I am one of those very compassionate people who cannot not see anyone in any kind of pain or suffering. It kills me to see children being torn away from their parents when their parents divorce.
I cannot see children left out in the world with no one to care for them, with nowhere to live, with nothing to do. For people and children like these, I always pray to God that in some way, some time, shows me a way in which I can cut the miseries for these people. I have many hobbies which keep going in the right direction. These help me stay away from drugs and help me practice abstinence. One of my hobbies is poetry writing. Poetry helps me express my feeling towards things like the miseries of people.
The United States is based on a various subcultures. Among these, Japanese culture is one of the most influent ones. I've been a member of Japanese culture in the United States for two years. As I see it, there are differences between American culture and Japanese culture. The example as a difference in a sense of values is how to treat people. In Japanese culture, they respect all people mostly. ...
Another one of my hobbies is singing in the school choir and playing the flute in the school band. God has wonderfully blessed me with musical talent that nurtures my sensitivity. Reading helps me become aware of the world. It shows me the many problems of this world and I often think what I can do to help the world. Religion also plays a major role in my life. Without God, for me, there would be no life.
God is the only one to whom I can tell my inner feelings without being scared of anything or anyone. My dream is to become a pediatrician so that I can help children, the hopes and aspirations of every society, to live a healthy and therefore a meaningful life. I am proud of myself. I am proud of who I am.
I have a high self-esteem which carries me far into life. High self-esteem gives me confidence and the assurance that I can achieve all my goals if I have faith in myself. I can also achieve my goals if I keep a strong faith in God and know the fact that He is with me every step of the way and that He will keep me on the right track. I am also aware that I must keep working hard in order to accomplish my dreams. America is made of so many cultures. Living here has helped me learn about the many cultures and religions of this world.
In many cases, it has helped me appreciate myself, Pre eti Kumar, as to the kind of person I am. Most of all, it has helped me in search for my identity.