please take a minute to read my long story!!!
I AM A TRUE NEW YORKER. I AM NOT JUST A NUMBER I AM A PERSON. In immigration court they referred to me as #204512554 not Ejel but
my name is Ejel Lee, I am 21 years old and I am South Korean. I was brought to New York when i was only 1 years old. I was raised in Queens, went to P.S.129 elementary school then J.H.S.194 for middle school then Francis Lewis High School then Queens Borough Community College. Unfortunately I was unable to finish school and got deported to South Korea and I have never been here (in my memory). The only time I have ever been on a plane was to go to South Dakota for a mission trip with my church. I have achieved a lot of things which I am proud of like being an honor student, being first chair in band, winning dance competitions, working part time at a cafe BUT I’ve also made a lot of mistakes and I am still growing as an individual. I have made a horrible decision and stole from another human being which I am immensely ashamed of. Now I am ripped apart from my family and friends. The reason why my family does not have a lot of money is because I had breast tumors when I was 14 years old and had surgery to remove them (so costly especially without insurance) also fighting my case for 6 months has made a huge dent in my parent’s pockets and we never had a lot of money to begin with because my parents are first generation immigrants. I do not deserve anything but I am asking for your help because as i am still a student who barely knows Korean, I need money to start this new life. I have no immediate family or friends here and I really want to go home. New York is my home but my poor decisions have led me to this moment. I’m hoping to be reunited with my family but in the meantime I wish to finish my education and one day in the near future have enough money to come back home and repay my parents for all the pain I’ve caused them. Thank you for reading!