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The experience to be around different cultures influenced me in many ways For five years of my developing life 12-16 I lived on the Northwest Side of Chicago which is called Humboldt Park Humboldt Park is a multicultural neighborhood mostly dominated by Latinos Where I resided was 3240 West Evergreen Avenue in the heart and soul of Humboldt Park My first week there in Humboldt was a worst I hated it This was my first time ever living in a place where I saw more than Black and White people were Now I was seeing African Americans and Latinos I couldnt stand anything about this neighborhood from the people the city and just my family for moving up here A month later I started school at James Russell Lowell Elementary School which is one thing I did not want to do I thought either I was going to get beaten up or get lost in this huge school I was scared believe you me I was scared but I kept my fear inside of me and made it into a smile By the end of the day I had made one friend Desiree Dread one of my best friends whom is African American As I continued to attend Lowell by the end of my grammar school years I had eight new friends Four of my friends were African American and the other four were Latino My main reason for this short story of my life is to tell you the way that the Latino and also my own culture have affected me By living in Humboldt Park for five years of my life I have learned that every culture has their own unique foods religion language traditions and background Before I moved to Chicago from Ludowici I thought that there were only two races black and white After two months of living in Chicago I found that there were more than three nationalities but thousands
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