The English Exam Essay

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I sat restlessly in my seat trying to fight my tears. “She’s too old for this!” said the girl sitting across from me. Her face contorted into a grimace as she and her friend continued to laugh about my incident. Each hair on the back of my neck sprang to attention, as I strained to hear the girls inflammatory remarks. A long flight lay ahead of me from my seat to the bathroom, during which I couldn’t understand why had I just wet my pants in front of the entire classroom. I gripped my sweater around my waist harder with each insulting phrase. Nine years ago, I didn’t understand English nor was I able to speak it. I was a third grader attending a new elementary school in a new country, I felt left out because of my inability to communicate. I remember the first day that I attended school; I had to use the bathroom. I was unable to communicate with the teacher because my inability to speak proficiently and ask for permission. So in consequence, I wet my pants. It was frustrating for me to know that I was not able to express myself. Naturally, the girl’s remarks hurt. So when I got home that afternoon, I could not hold in my tears. My mother asked me what was wrong. I slowly replied, "I wet my pants in school because I couldn’t ask the teacher for permission to use the bathroom'' my mother’s response was "Do not give up, you can do it! You’ll start speaking English in no time.” For the next two years, passing the ESL (English Second Language) exam and proving my English skills to myself had been my dream. After a quick breakfast, I pulled some of my school material together and headed out. The car ride seemed only a few moments as I struggled to reinstate order in my chaotic conscious and focus my mind on the day before me. I was in fifth grade; and staying in the ESL class only became harder and harder for me to bear. I knew I could speak, but being called

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