An Almond Cluster - An Almond Cluster As I eat my Almond...

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An Almond Cluster As I eat my Almond Cluster Trail Mix, it pleasantly reminds me of what a celebration the United States is in terms of commemorating diversity. In essence, a single cluster of the trail mix represents my immigrant parents who brought me here from the Ukraine when I was only four years old. Not knowing the language or culture, they set out to succeed. For them, success meant following a formula which included holding two jobs and studying English at the local community college. Even though my parents lived in extreme poverty for the first few years, this was only temporary as they both had a yearning for something greater. Incidentally, I have embraced my parents’ perspective on discipline and education. In high school, I worked 20 hours a week while maintaining a 3.75 GPA. Looking back, I remember being envious of the other students whose parents bought them anything and everything they wanted. For me, it was heartbreaking and embarrassing to wear Kmart clothes and generic gym shoes to school. However,
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2011 for the course OMIS 640 taught by Professor Russo during the Summer '10 term at Northern Illinois University.

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An Almond Cluster - An Almond Cluster As I eat my Almond...

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