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In Their Own Words: Moon Ja a Refugee from Burma

I had to leave my country because of a civil war.  My parents were killed there and I ran away with my brother.  I always wanted to go to school and I thought about it a lot when I was working in Malaysia from the age of thirteen until I was seventeen.  I worked twelve hour days in clothing stores, noodle shops, and also sold orchids. 

When I found out that I was to be resettled in America it was like a dream come true.  First, I was sent to Houston Texas.  There I went to Sharpstown High School for my first year of school.  I got very good grades in my classes and made the A, B honor roll every quarter.  Then I moved to Jacksonville Florida to live with my Aunt.  I have been attending Bartram Trail High School for my senior year and I just graduated from High School.  I was given the Brooke J. LaDue, the Elks and Assist scholarships.  I have been accepted into the Pre-Nursing Program at the University of North Florida and I will begin attending school this summer.  After I achieve my goal of becoming a registered nurse, I hope to help people coming from similar situations achieve their goals of a safe and happy life.

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