I was born in Hong Kong. My parents named me Lai lee, a beautiful name with no particular meanings. I have a older sister, who has the same first name as I do, and a younger brother. While we all lived happily in Hong Kong, my father had an opportunity to come to United States. I knew in my heart that my parents sacrificed their lives in their homeland for us to pursue a better education. I was glad at first because I do not have to be pressured as much to study. After I arrive US, I immediately attend school; it was then I realized it is not easy at all to adapt a different environment, culture, and language for me. I was the only Chinese in my eighth grade class. I have no common language with my classmates, perhaps except when they need help in math. I started to blame my parents for taking me away from my perfect life in Hong Kong inside me. I didn’t dare to tell them because I knew they sacrificed much more for me. As time pass by, I learned to be more independent, and gradually adapted a different life.
Baruch was not unfamiliar to me because my sister also attends Baruch college. She instructed me to go to different departments, encouraged me to join different clubs. Now, as many other students are, I expect to start a new, exciting college experience. The first month of the first semester had passed already, a lot of tests are also coming. I will do my best to encounter what is in front of me.