I took a deep breath. Trying not to look back, I was saying good bye to my family, my friends, and my country that I have been so closed for the sixteen years. After a twenty-four hour flight, I was in a new, completely strange country where people always say it is the land of milk and honey. I was wondering what I was doing over here without knowing the language as well as the culture. My life practically had to start from zero. Now, I have been in US for 6 years, and I am a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering at University of Texas at Dallas. Despite my feelings before, the time I have lived in the US has strengthened my character and confidence more than I could have expected. To some people, six years could be a long time; however, it seemed like yesterday to me. It is just a beginning of a new chapter of my life. Before I moved, I had never been in the US. In fact, I didn’t even know the language or anyone living here, and I missed being near my family. Regarding being the land of milk and honey, I felt like I was living in prison and I didn’t even see the light at the end of the tunnel. Often I asked myself why I was here, in this country; then I would think about how my parents had sacrificed their comfort to bring me here with hopes that I would I have a better life. It was supposed to be their time to relax and enjoy what they have earned in many years of working, but once again I took it away from them. With that thought, I just kept my head down and worked toward my goal with the hope that someday I could compensate what I took away from them. Because of lacking English, I have to give up many activities so that I could make up my English gap. Through the time I have lived in the US, I grew into newfound independence and thrived. There are not any obstacles that I cannot overcome. As John Homer Miller says: “Discover what you want most of all in the world, and set yourself to work on it.” Finding strength in my abilities, I overcame obstacles and truly become more independent and the person who I want to be. As an intern for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in summer 2010 and Summer Research Transition at University of North Texas (UNT) in summer 2011, I have to do individual projects to present for these two institutes. My project for NSF involved using the Hitachi S-3400 and TM-1000 microscopes to determine the difference between two fishes in the same genus. My project for UNT included differentiating the different DNA between two flamingo species by using different machines and techniques. Before I knew it, I found myself as an independent individual who can analyze data and use the data to solve the problem. Besides that, I also made my own poster as well as created guide worthy of presentation to NSF and UNT. I have been working numerous jobs while in college because all my tuition is based on grants and employment. I worked for a senior citizens center called The Waterford. I started as a waiter; however after two months of working, I was promoted to assistant manager. I was helping manage the kitchen, preparing meals for 200 people, and doing inventory for the kitchen. Currently, I am working as a Math tutor for Eastfield College and a referee for Mesquite Soccer Association (MSA). While working for MSA, I become a senior referee in 3 years and have the ability to referee for U19 (which is the highest age group that we could offer). Working as a tutor, I am using my ability to help people accomplish their goals, and keep moving forward on their academic road. Besides school and work, I feel like I need to give back to society what it has given to me. As a scholar of the National Science Foundation, I have had the opportunity to become a mentor for high school students and help them to figure out what they want to do with their life. I also volunteered at a senior citizen center, at the Salvation Army, and doing beach cleaning at Port Aransas. After six years of being in the US, I feel like I have accomplished something in my life; however, it is just a beginning for a long journey ahead. Getting this internship is one of the huge steps to get closer to my goal of becoming an Electrical Engineer. This internship will help me get hand-on experience that I cannot get or study from the book.