I was born in a poor Russian town called Armavir where I lived with my mom and sister. Both of my parents were drug and alcohol addicts ,so many times providing for the family came second to satisfying their addictions. At a young age, my father left us, and my birth mother was forced to take care of me and my sister on her own. Struggling to provide, my mother started stealing, which consequently landed her in jail. As for me and my sister, we were placed into different orphanages.
I would have to say that my orphanage experience was far from pleasant, which mainly had to do with the fact that the place was ran by people who were also struggling to survive in the Russian economy. Many times, I went to bed hungry because the staff would take our food and at the end of the day, the kids were left with taking care of chores meant for adults. However, good things did come from being in the orphanage. For instance, I learned how to be independed and think for my self. Understanding at a young age that life didn't always go as planned, I was able to forgive my mother for abandoning us and was able to have grace for the orphanage staff for mistreating us. Although I did become very rebellious during my time at the orphanage, I knew at a young age that I had a heart for people.
Then at the age of ten, I was suprised to find out that a couple from Houston, TX was wanting to adopt me. After meeting the couple through my younger brother, whom they originally came to adopt, I was excited for my new life outside the orphanage walls. Coming to America was a challange, but with the help of my parents, I learned to understand what it is like being part of a family. Their love for me helped me to understand who I was and the potential I had to make a real difference in this world. Because of them, I found God, which in return, changed my whole life.
During my first month in the states, I was enrolled in school for the first time. Within two years , I learned English and was taken out of the ESL classes due to my excellent TAKS scores. Attending school for the first time, a desire for learning and creativity sparked in me and ever since then, I have loved learning new things. Later down the road, I graduated with honors from high school and received couple of awards for my accomplishments in soccer and German.
Reflecting over the years, I discovered that I am not only a fast learner, but I actually enjoy learning how to create new things. By pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering, I would be able to utilize my love for learning with my passion for design. Not only that, but it will also give me the opportunity to go to places much like the orphanage I grew up in, and help create better communities in less fortunate areas. All I need is a little bit of financial help to continue on my path of learning.