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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I often ask my father many times why he came to america. he always says the same thing for better education and more opportunities. whatever he has done till today and will ever do is for my siblings and me. because of that i do not ask him anything else. this way i do not feel guilty of reminding him of his homeland india. after a hard life in india my father came here so he can give his children a good education and not give them hardship. i know there is no way i can pay him back for all he does. that is why i want to fulfill his dreams. he wishes to see all his children happy and well settled after we start our careers. and i know i can make him happy in many other ways but i want to make him very happy by becoming a doctor. after he knows we are successful he will be relived and i will be too.

education is just one area in which america has opened its doors. america is full of different kinds of people and nationalities. i feel as if i am not the only one from a different culture. along with me there are millions of other people who live in two worlds. that is the good thing about america. this country gives chances to people to find their spot in this world. i am just one out of a million. in america people can practice their traditions as individuals rather than just one nationality practicing the same tradition. in my family we have many traditions that are not like the traditions of other people. a common tradition is taking off our shoes when entering our homes. when i go to my friends homes i sometimes forget they leave their shoes on and so i start to take off my shoes. then i remember so i just follow them into their homes like everything’s okay nothing went wrong. but when they come to my home they always take their shoes off because it is our tradition. and for that i respect them. also every night we sit together at the dinner table where homemade indian food is served. we are vegetarians so there is no meat in the house. every night after dinner we sit in front of god and pray to him for safety happiness and for him to always be with us.

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