This post definitely hit home! Everything you wrote felt as if it was a story of my own life (Aside from getting into an Ivy League university). I’ve experienced the same emotions, inability to discuss readings with peers or think critically, anger against my parents (who I felt were holding me back since I have to take care of them while having to survive), limited options, jeopardized friendships, money issues and this constant feeling of inferiority (bugs in my mind software as you so eloquently say) along with the toll it takes on your self-esteem. Throughout my life, I was always told I was smart but with many odds stacked against you as an immigrant, it is hard to believe in yourself even when others have high expectations of you. But after having read this, I now believe that if you can do it, I can do it. I may not get into an Ivy League School or create a hot startup but I will achieve my dreams one way or another. Thank you from the bottom of my heart from writing this!