College Admissions Essay: Growing Up In Different Cultures

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Growing up in a predominantly white town, and being white myself, in many ways I still felt as though I was a minority. My ability to tan quite easily rendered my Cherokee heritage quite evident. I was raised as an atheist in a primarily Baptist Christian Town and my parents perfectly fit the stereotype of born-again, hippy, tree-hugging vegetarians in an environment surrounded by pick-up trucks, guns and bacon on everything imaginable. I was different, and I felt it. Although I was viewed as the minority, I continually found ways to fit in. I ran for student council, was nominated for National Honors Society, kept my grades high for Advanced Placement and honors classes, and took the most difficult courses my small-town high school offered. …show more content…

I am one who always wants to learn and I frequently emerge myself into cultures in which I feel out of place. I continually attract friends from different cultures and have close friends from Punjab, India as well as Russia, England, and Ireland. My willingness to learn contributes to my ability to assimilate and understand each and everyone’s background, heritage, and religion. My significant other is a second-generation immigrant from a traditional Yemeni family. These traditions are so deep-rooted that his parents would disown him if they learned that their son was dating at all, not to mention dating a white, atheist American; hence the reason his family is unaware of my existence.
My life experiences thus far have shaped my beliefs that I do not belong to a specific community or group. Many individuals can be intelligent and eager to learn yet be completely oblivious or ignorant to other people’s cultures. I however, am empathetic to everyone’s past and have the ability to become a part of each group I encounter by relying on my knowledge as well as my eagerness to learn more in an effort to become connected to these separate

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