I still remember my first day of school. My mother grabbed me from home to school in the rains. I was very nervous to attend school and I remember I was crying at that time. I started making new friends in my classroom. At that moment, I felt very excited to start using colorful pencils. I picked one of them from my little pencil box and I tried to write Myanmar alphabet. It’s true that the first time is very difficult and I even couldn’t handle my pencil. I tried a thousand times to write the first Myanmar letter “Ka” but I felt very disappointed for the reason that I couldn’t use the pencil very well and I had to use the eraser all the time. At that moment, my class teacher came to motivate me. She held my hand and she showed me how to write an alphabet. I tried again and again. One day, Mom bought me a tiny table which was decorated with English alphabet “A, B, C, D, etc.” I love this little table very much and always used this table when I studied English words.
Mom still keeps this table in my room till now. Furthermore, my parents and my brother helped me a lot in doing homework. After finishing Grade- (1), I could write every single letter both in Myanmar and in English. I will never forget the days of learning-how-to-write. Since I was young, my parents encouraged me to read the newspaper both in Myanmar and in English in order to gain knowledge. I still remember that I always asked my grandmother to read “Bo Bo” which was a very famous comic among kids in Myanmar. We read various kinds of books together every single night and yes, my grandmother was the first person who taught me how to read. Dad also bought many English VCDs for me to be familiar with English. “Power Rangers, Tom and Jerry and Mr. Bean” were my first very favorite English series. Since I was young; I was quite acquainted with reading English subtitle.
When I grew up, I was in touch with books and I was highly interested in reading Myanmar classic novels. I read not only Myanmar novels but also English stories such as Wuthering Height, Cinderella and so on. Besides, I am really into both writing Myanmar short novels and reading literatures. I started writing short novels at the age of 15. My friends and my parents gave me feedback after enjoying my stories. Thus, in the matriculation examination, I got 5 distinctions including Myanmar and English distinctions which were really difficult to attain in my country. I always remember the regard of my teachers and my parents. After high school graduation, I did volunteer at a non-profit library and I saw many teenagers trying to study abroad. I envied them very much and I was really enthusiastic to study in the United States.
To study abroad, I tried my best to polish my English especially in writing. Self-study is really helpful for me in writing. Due to my parent’s financial problem, I did not get a chance to go to the international school and I just had to learn from local teachers while my friends were enjoying their college life with American teachers. However, I did not feel depressed and I put all of my effort to study in the USA (writing application essays and supplementary essays) and now, dreams do come true. I still think that studying in the USA is like a miracle for me. Because of my parent’s support, I got a chance to study in a very liberal college: Earlham. Now, I am writing an autobiographical essay for my class in Lily Library.
One thing in my mind is that I really want to be graduated very early and I want to go back to my home to serve my country by taking a task of teaching children. I want my next generation be fluent in English since English is very essential for our daily life and it is the world most spoken language. To conclude, we have to learn how to read and how to write since we were young. We had our own memories and different problems when we started learning reading and writing. I also had many difficulties when I learned how to read and how to write. Nevertheless, I could overcome my obstacles by getting the support from my parents and my teachers. For me, reading is the best medicine, writing is the best communicating tool.
University/College: University of Arkansas System
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 16 December 2016
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