culture shock

Culture Shock 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 setting. Two 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 didnt. My dorm room was a small white box with a sink a closet and a dry erase board on the outside of the door. I remember coming back to my room from a welcome session feeling I had made the right decision on what …

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