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Being born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley we are not exposed to people of different ethnical backgrounds We are enclosed in an environment where we are barely accepting of people of our own race In my early years I was never exposed to people of different ethnicity or culture When integrated into such a diverse society I was uncertain of what to anticipate I found that it was essential to accept and understand the cultures of peers and associates in order to live in such a settingTwo years ago I was accepted to attend Baylor University in Waco Texas Everything with regard to this university was new to me It is the worlds largest Baptist University made up of 90 percent whites and 10 percent minorities This came as a significant worry to me Never having met anyone of different race or culture all I knew was what I had seen on television and stereotypes I had picked up from my friends I could literally count the number of whites and blacks I had met up until that point in time on one hand I felt as if I was going to enter a different world far from the one I had become so accustomed to I can remember sitting around in an awkward anticipation wondering when my first interaction with someone from a different culture or color would occur To my dismay I found that I wasnt the person who had difficulty accepting where I was It so happened that it was the other students in the school who felt that I did not belong My first day staying at the dorms is a day that I would never forget as long as I live It was a day that changed my opinion of every race but mine My roommate happened to be a Hispanic who didnt know a word of Spanish but that didnt seem to matter if he did or
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