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 Personality Shaped by My Journey in Life


         How do I view my own personal identity, you ask? My race, my family of origin, my religious beliefs, my place of origin, all define who I am today. I say that because it was a struggle for my family and I to come to America. My family fled from their country to escape from bullets, bombs, and the imminent fear of not waking up tomorrow. My family fled from one war to only face two other wars (Civil War of Somalia, the Civil War of Ethiopia) when my family left Kuwait. When my mom was fleeing the war in Kuwait, she went to Somalia; she was eight months pregnant with my sister. My mom was held at gunpoint and robbed. She was even on a bus that was held at gunpoint and hijacked. The day my family came to America, they faced an entirely new set of challenges; they barely spoke English, but that did not stop them. However, the day they came to America, it was a new chapter for us.

My family and I are very hard workers. Growing up in this household, I learned so much, and I can speak Somali fluently and Arabic. Growing up, I was always told to be thankful for everything I have. My mother sets an example by showing us to not give up, to me, my sisters, and my brothers every day. By seeing my mother worked so hard for my siblings, she made me believe that the harder I work the better opportunities I will have. And the only person to stop me from becoming what I want is me this shows me not to give up, no matter the circumstances or what the situation is. 

My religious also plays a big part in who I am today, and I am a proud Muslim. My religion has taught me to be patient whenever I encounter a problem no matter what happens. Today whenever I go through a problem, I stay calm and try to resolve my issue. And when it does not go the way, I become patient and wait till everything becomes right. The other thing my religion taught me is to respect everyone; it has shaped me into the man I am today. I appreciate everyone and everything. I learned to accept anyone's opinion and especially to respect my older. My religion is significant when it comes to respecting elders. I love and respect my elders and younger children. My race plays a vital role in my life. I cannot forget where my family and I came from because my siblings and I need to carry on our culture to the next generation that comes. Sadly, I had to flee my country because it was no longer safe.

After watching and reading the piece "The Dangers of a Single Story" by Novelist Chimamanda Adichie, I learned the dangers of a single story. Today, everyone is addicted to social media and listen to whatever they see. Whenever a tragedy happens and its caused by an extremist, the news tends to include my religion. My religion teaches love and respect. When people hear these things on the news people, think that my faith teaches these things and they get scared when I say I am Muslim. I will have you know I'm caring and loving. I respect everyone's beliefs and practices. Single stories are seriously dangerous, and they can cause so many problems like people attacking a group of people because the news said those groups cause issues. But they are going off one thing they heard.

Every day I work hard because I remember the tough times I went through. Today I Am happy studying in college, and I work very hard every day to get my dream degree. I take classes that'll help me be closer to my dream degree. I am studying for is Mechanical Engineering. After I get my degree, I plan to work at my dream job and get a fair amount of wage for me to start a family of my own. And purchase my own house for my family and me. Through all my ups and downs and struggles in coming to America, I still managed to continue my education so I could get my dream job and live a comfortable life in the future. America gave my family and I a second chance in life, and we are so grateful. My family worked so hard every day so that we can live a comfortable life too. Although not knowing English is a barrier, they never quit or gave up with anything. If it were not for them, I would not be the person I am today. By seeing them not give up or how not speaking English did not hold them back showed me anything is possible and the only person who could reach for the stars is me. I am truly blessed to live in a country that allows me to have a fantastic education, and everyone could learn or believe in whatever they want.


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