It was a few days before I left for school and my best friend, Kate, was throwing a good-bye party for our group of friends. I was so excited for this bash seeing that it would be the last time our group would be together for a while. It was a time for all of us to move on and embark upon futures that held so much for all of us, and to say farewell to the people and memories that had shaped us.
Kate's family had rented out a ballroom in a neighborhood country club, and we intended to dance the night away. As I approached the scene, disco lights streamed through the large windows and ran all over the lawn. Music enveloped the parking lot as my adrenaline began to elevate. I sauntered in, waving to my friend...
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...ia struggle to over come these labels that burden them and that their jokes simply add to the pain. "Stereotypes are attacks upon the human spirit. They find their mark and no good comes of it" (Billings 160). Everybody I have met here, regardless of where they are from are just the same as everybody I have ever known. They are just trying to make it through and trying their best to follow their hearts and dreams.
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Murray, Kenneth. Down to Earth People of Appalachia. Boone: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1974.
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