From elementary through high school, majority of my classmates were of Latino decent. It was not until I came to college that this really changed. I have heard the stories of some of my friends experiencing a culture shock when they got to college, but I feel like my experience was not the same. I was very aware of that fact that my college was made up of a majority Anglo population, so this did not surprise me. When I got to college I didn’t have a hard time finding a group of friends. So when things got going, I just did my thing.
Although I felt like I fit in without any problems, I was challenged to question my cultural identity. It was not really until last semester that I learned what it meant to be a Latin@. I was pushed by one of my mentors to look for my cultural identity. Growing up, I always knew I was Mexican-American, but it was more of label. It was not until I got to college that I really started to discover what a cultural identity was. There is no reason why I should be ashamed of my culture but instead I should embrace it. This identity makes me who I am and makes me very different from majority of my peers in college.
There were two thing that really helped me start this search for cultural identity: being part of a group of students who were in the same boat as me, and seeking out faculty and staff who were from a similar culture. Seeing people in a higher position who looked like me and could relate to my experiences, all while keeping their cultural identity, really helped me embrace mine.
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