As a young child, raised in the City of Los Angeles, I was sheltered by my parents and did not feel any sense of oppression as I was surrounded mostly by others of similar backgrounds. It was not until I moved to Santa Barbara, CA for my undergraduate studies that I experienced racism first hand. I recall frequently being stopped by police. I eventually caught on that I and other peers were being stopped due to the color of our skin. During the course of my undergraduate career, there were numerous occasions when I felt as if I “didn’t belong.” It affected my studies. I can recall being asked if I spoke English. Prior to attending college, I had minimal interactions with other races and ethnicities. Unfortunately, some of the encounters I had with other races in Santa Barbara caused some of my own biases to develop. My views were skewed and I had a difficult embracing my new...
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...le model she has shown me that she a strong women, can take the role of a provider, leaving her family behind and surpassing many barriers to be in this country. She prove to me and my sister that women can do the same things as men or more. My mother and father had the same journey and same goals, but people were expecting my mother to fail. People would tell her that she will not make it and will return home because she is a woman. My father never received that criticism from his family members. My mother has expressed to me that it was not easy leaving home but she doesn’t regret because she was able to accomplish more than she expect. Women are compliable to do the same responsibilities as men or more. She motivates me to be the best I can be and reach all my goals. Being a women is not a barrier for me but a strength to accomplish my dreams for me and my family.
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