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By the second week of schooling, I was already used to the 180-degree change. Since I was the only non-American in the school some cadets were very interested in me. They began to know more about me. But some cadets ignored me just because I could not speak perfect English and I am Chinese. Although some of them ignored me, I was still trying to help them when they had any problems and to meet more people in school because the more friends I made the more English I had to speak. The more English I spoke the faster my English improved.

I like sports, therefore I joined the basketball and track teams. When I was in the basketball team some teammates never passed me the ball during the first three weeks of the season. Later, they started to figure out that I was a good player, but some teammates still did not talk to me or some even hated me just because I am Chinese and I was one of the starters in the team. For the first year of school, I did not find any difficulty in academics. I even studied math courses two level higher than the cadets who were the same age as I was. During the eighth grade and ninth grade, I received a gold star, which was for students who had excellent grades in academics. I studied military school for three years. After three years of military life, I learned a lot. I learned how to advise people, how to be organized, and how to be disciplined. Among those three years, the first year I would describe as suffering because I did not know what military life was like. People were picking on me. After I knew the system, I found it kind of fun, because I knew how to receive a higher rank and I got more power.

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