I'm writing a personal statement for grad school and I am having a bit of trouble phrasing the second sentence. (I posted the preceding sentence for context purposes):
I questioned at a very young age why people and nations are unable to get along and fail to come together in a better way to resolve problems. I initially began to wonder this through the first big purchase my parents made when they immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1989, when I was a girl of four years old, was a beautifully illustrated multivolumed World War II encyclopedia
I would really appreciate suggestions!
Thank you so much!