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My father (and mother and sister) came to the United States in "93 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, for a better life. He told me about the years he spent with three jobs and attending trade school full time in order to become an electrician. He now has two children (my older sister and I) with a house in suburbia and he owns his own electrician business providing work all around the Salt Lake valley. He is someone I look up to more than anyone else. More than Fyodor Dostoyevsky, or Andrei Tarkovsky, or Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky all Russian-born, writers, filmmakers, and composers I hold in very high esteem. My father towers above them all. He's there for me whenever I need him. When I was young, in elementary school he would sit with me during long nights teaching habits that would never break. Habits of focusing on one subject. Prioritizing and making sense of an issue before tackling the next one. Building off one another to form a pyramid of understanding made of bricks of numbers, words, subjects, concepts, equations, history, facts, and finalizing in a paper, or a finished assignment representing the hard work I put into it. I learned in high school that I had major depressive disorder and ADHD. Everything felt clearer after that day. I felt like I became a person. My entire life up to that point I felt an anxiety poor over me the second I sat down in my desk, was handed the test, and began filling out boxes until the time said we were finished. Recently, I consulted with my father and he told me a story: he said that the day him and my mom came to America they needed to pass the test in order to become citizens. He told me after coming to his apartment from a long day of work he looked over the answers and went to bed. In the morning he looked over them again and then took the test and passed. I began to do that and my anxiety washed away. He taught me the importance of bringing your mind to focus on one idea and not multitasking.

Alexander from Utah
College Sophomore
University of Utah