International students grapple with how to succeed

By Seattle Valdivia - Staff Reporter



For many people, their favorite female superhero is a lot closer to home than Captain Marvel or Wonder Woman.

With the release of the new Avengers Endgame movie last weekend, one is reminded of how few female superheroes are represented in pop culture. And yet, there is one obvious candidate in most everyone's lives.

With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday, students took time to reflect upon how their mothers have impacted their lives. Although mothers may not be able to fly from planet to planet and defend the universe, she is seen as the most import- ant superhero in many hearts of students.

Throughout the years of upbringing, students are very grateful and thankful for all of the things their mothers have done for them.

"She has been through a lot in her life, and always worked hard to provide for my sisters and me," Ricky Leung said.

"She strongly encouraged me to get an education," Linney Ea said. "The only thing that people can't steal from you is an education. She is a very hard working woman, and shows me every day that women can do anything."

"When she attended my high school graduation, she was very happy for me because she never got the chance to do so herself," Mimi Behongene said. "Now that I am graduating next quarter, I cannot wait to see how happy she will be."

Many students have learned valuable life lessons from their mothers throughout the years. By giving their children building blocks, mothers are able to encourage them to better themselves as they go through making decisions and living life to the fullest.

Eric Zazueta's mother told him that "You gotta work hard, show love and it'll come back around."

Although mothers do not have to go through rigorous training and torture like Black Widow did to become as strong as she is, they are able to teach their children how to be prepared for anything in life.

"She taught me to always be thankful and to always listen," Rylee Clarke said. "She always says to be the best that you can, and if you fail, don't make a big deal about it."

"Be kind even if others aren't kind to you," Amanda and Ricky Leung said is one of the most impactful lessons their mother has taught them.

"People aren't really paying that much attention to you, so don't worry about what they think of you," Highline student Eva Lathy said.

And many students' favorite memories, involved their mothers too. Many included big events that were full of good times.

"Dancing with her at my [quinceanera]. When I was sick, she'd make me Caldo de Pollo," Daniela Leon said.

"When her and my dad got married and I got to dance with them at the wedding. That was fun," Ariana Gandert said.

Other favorite memories, were simply moments while living day- to-day with their moms.

"My mom and I used to go skating in the park on roller- blades and went through the sprinklers. We then came home and had fresh homemade Orange Julius and listened to Taylor Swift and just danced around and had so much fun," Dayna Marie said.

"[My favorite memory was] when she was there next to me the whole time when I was in the hospital," Rafael Pineda said.

"My mom and I went on a road trip to LA. We spent the day together," Olivia Swallow said.

"A lot of my memories are of cooking with my mom," Jiro Jones said.

For some, getting something for their super-mom for Mother's Day has been an emotional, but good, journey.

Student Linh Nguyen teared up while talking about what she will get for her mom for Mother's Day.

"I've been saving money. I will buy her favorite Louis Vuitton bag, [which] she loves. Every time we walked past the store she always looked at the bag with sad eyes. She really wants to own a luxury bag like that, but she has to take care of four kids by herself. Since Mother's Day is coming, I have [an] opportunity to get her the bag," Nguyen said.

One common theme that students would like to tell their moms, is how much they love and appreciate them.

"Thank you for everything that you have done for me," Olha Mandzyuk said. "You are so cheerful and inspiring. I appreciate you."

"I love you and I'm sorry for everything like all of the times I was a bad kid to you," said Antonio Balaoing.

"Even if I have an attitude when I talk to you, I do still listen to everything you have to say and I for sure wouldn't want any other mother," Jaylen Green said.

"I want to know more about you, I love and appreciate you more than you think," Gandert said.

Ultimately, students want their mothers to know how much the love them and how thankful they are for everything that they have done for them. Even through the ups and downs in life, even if they do not have time to talk to or see their mothers, students are very grateful for all they have done.

"I wish we were able to spend more time together. I only see her once a month. Mommy, I do love you a lot, I just wish we can spend more time like how we used to be," Cassandra Chau said.

"I may be too busy now-a-days to spend time with you, but just know that I love you very much andwhenIgetajob,I'llbuya house for you and the dogs," Ricky Leung said.

"You are so amazing, beautiful, and I am so proud that you are my mother," Nicole Brose said.

"God has blessed me with a mother like you, anyone that meets you is lucky. I wouldn't change you for anything in the world," Joshua Alcantar said.

Staff reporters Jacquie Wolfe, Thao Nguyen, Yicell Castillo, Deion Glass, Alejandro Chavez, and Elidia Torres contributed to this story.

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