Being from two different places can be tough. You feel like you can relate to both worlds, yet you can sometimes feel like you don’t belong in either. Just like how Superman was born and raised in America but had Kryptonian blood and powers. Unlike Superman, however, you could only hope that you were special in the same way. Superheroes imprint in our minds a want to be great or accomplish great feats. In this way, comics definitely cater to those who feel like they don’t fit in anywhere. As a Korean-American, I have felt like this before.
I was raised by Korean parents in a mostly white neighborhood in Ohio. Without elaborating, it’s apparent that I was fairly “exotic” to my peers in elementary school. My parents understood my individuality and told me that whoever I choose to be they’d support it, so I said that I wanted to be a teacher. My older brothers said that wasn’t a very good job to strive for, so I changed my answer to an engineer. As it turns out, I’d make a better engineer than a teacher because I have a more inventive mind. Plus, I don’t think I could handle teaching a large number of students below high school level without losing my mind.
My parents supported my designated career path, and I slowly became more and more interested in science and better at math. It was a long time coming, but I eventually graduated from high school in Georgia in 2015. I applied to attend Georgia Tech and got put on a wait-list, so I applied for the University of Georgia and got accepted. I’m currently pursuing a major in mechanical engineering. Thanks to my parent’s support, I’m able to follow my dream I’ve had since I was a toddler.