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I'm trying to decide on some good essay topics. My counselor told me that writing about my life story would be a good idea - I came here as a refugee when I was 8 years old with my family and we got resettled, learned English, and my parents started a business, and though we're still low income we're doing well. I retained my mother tongue also.
Thing is, I don't want to sound like another cliche immigrant story. I consider myself 100% American so there's that too. I also don't want to talk about my (politically repressive, third world) birth country because I don't want people to pity me or fall back on all the stereotypes Americans have about that place.
What do you guys think?