Council for America My Country
Essay "To Empower to Practise Good Citizenship"

965 Clover Court, Blue Bell, PA 19422 T: (610) 277-0149 F: (610) 277-3992

Im Ja P. ChoiDirector for Community Relations Tae Shik KwonDeputy Director for Community Relations
Jenny ChungDirector for Voter Registration Jae Jin Ma Treasurer
Don Kim Secretary Young K. ParkCounselor
Il Hwan KimDirector for Outreach Ae Sook YoonDirector for Ageing & Elder Care
Sang Joo KimChairman

September 17, 1999


In this time and age, everyone struggles to survive and succeed. As someone once said, "It's a survival of the fittest". And to me, my citizenship means the ticket to opportunity and success in life.

When my family first immigrated to America nine years ago, it was, according to my parents, to provide my sister and I a better opportunity to succeed in life. But why America? one may ask. The answer is simple; America is the land of opportunities, where success is only a matter of how seriously you want it.

America as everyone knows it is endowed with great heritage and values which are the backbone of modern democracy, science and technology. This great society has displayed enduring principles and examples shaping the world today, providing jobs for millions and millions of people from around the world, delivering hopes and brighter future for all. America offers equal opportunities for minorities and women such as myself. Therefore, I am a beneficiary of this wonderful nation that I call my country.

In addition, my citizenship means other things such as loyalty to the nation and a privilege to serve the community where I live and belong to.

I want to grow and develop to give and serve other fellow Americans and fellow human-beings. That is what my citizenship means to me.

Kwi Yun Park**
12th grade
Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

[Editor's note: *The Essay Contest title for The Constitution Day Celebration sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Philadelphia **Winner of the Contest. sjk]