To whom it concern:
Ever since I moved to United States of America back in 1999 at an age of 16, my life and perception has been greatly influenced with western culture. Within so many years of learning in school overseas as well as getting to know with different people, I have really come to live outside of the box. I have been living in a two dimensional life between China and US.
After my graduation in college, I always been told the choices I make now are going to determine my future. Everyone goes through a struggle and I have had my fair share, but no matter how hard I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to succeed. I always believe that going to college and obtaining a good education will get me to the place I wanted to be at. The job I wanted to posses. The house I wanted to own. What’s the worse that can happen? I finally learn that life was not as easy as I thought. Finding the right job is not the same as pursuing my career. Many people believe that choosing a job and choosing a career are the same; however they are different. A job is employment in which we work to get paid with no interest in furthering us in any particular field. A career is the pursuit of a lifelong ambition or calling. A job is a stint of employment by which we choose to work to receive a pay check and nothing more. A job has minimal impact on my future work life, while a career provides experience and learning to fuel my future. The dictionary defines career as "a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life" and "a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling." I was confused at first when I started my new chapter of a working life. And I knew myself that I am not going to be satisfied with a job that only pays my bills, I want something more, something I could pursuit with the advantage of my two different cultural background.