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Personal Narrative: Becoming A Professional Soccer Player

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No, I do not speak Spanish. I didn’t “hop over a fence” to get into the United States, and it may come as a shock, but I have no intention of becoming a professional soccer player. The majority of my life, I have been subjected to preconceived assumptions of what a woman of my race should be like. Having the last name Gonzalez, and bearing the complexion of someone of Latin decent has influenced others to believe that they know exactly what type of person I am. It is for this reason, that I do not only identify myself as a proud Latina, but more importantly as an advocate for multiculturalism and diversity. From an early age, I began to notice that it was common for people to treat me differently because of the way that I looked. People in…show more content…
SHH was a club designed to embrace the Spanish Language and culture and spread ideals of multiculturalism. It was the largest and most prestigious club at our school and was well known among the students and faculty. Many students recognized SHH as merely the club who wore red t-shirts every other Wednesday and spoke Spanish, but to me it was so much more meaningful than that. SHH was a way for me to gain exposure not only to my own heritage, but the heritages of others. We were all students of different races, different backgrounds, and different lifestyles, but we were able to form bonds over the simplest humanitarian tasks like volunteering at daycare centers and churches. It was the purest acts of servitude that helped us feel more connected and more human. By the end of junior year, I had fallen so in love with the club and the strong appreciation for diversity that it has shown me that I decided to apply for an officer position. After several months of anxiety and waiting for a response following a competitive interviewing process, it was announced the July before my senior year that I had been accepted into the position of an SHH
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