Rather, I used them as motivation to break the stereotype. Nowadays, the peers who once teased me, seek my friendship and advice and some have been apologized for their actions. Earning a score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam is one proof that their views were fallacious and another was the spark to pursue a career in
At my school, black students weren 't very abundant; to be honest the only thing that was about us was the stereotypes. So when I arrived, some students assumed I was a stereotype. They assumed that I was poor, couldn 't talk properly, wasn 't smart, and had an obsessed with fried chicken, watermelon, and Kool-Aid. Now after a couple weeks, students realized that I wasn 't like the common stereotype of African Americans.
I want to start my story before I was even born. My dad came to the United States but my mom was still in the Philippines. Then when I was born in the Philippines, my mom took care of me for five years while my dad was working a minimum wage job in the U.S., trying to earn enough money to send both my mom and I to the United States so we could all have a better life, one where we could prosper more due to the opportunities that the U.S. provides. I grew up going to a public school from kindergarten to 5th grade where I met people of different races. When I was in school being in ESL (English as a Second Language) exposed me to even more people of color such as Mexicans, Middle Eastern people, Turkish people, Latinos, and other Asian people.
One person called my “nerd” while others called me “glasses”. After that day, I felt sick so I decided to stay home. When I got back to school, I asked someone what I missed and they said “ you should know that right ”. Ever since then, I got scared of asking questions. I conquer my fear during junior high since my friends proved, that stereotypes is just a hurdles that I can get over with.
Similar to other immigrants my family history is somewhat compelling. Starting with my grandfather who was exiled out of Egypt in 1959 primarily as a result of the "decolonization process and the rise of Egyptian nationalism”, my immediate family and I also left France in 2004 as a result of rising tension against Jews. The migration of my grandparents and parents, from a young age, cultivated a sense of determination in me to overcome obstacles. Arriving in Miami at age 5, I had to learned my third language, English, in order to attend school. I was determined to and successfully lost my accent and got tested into the gifted program after a year of school.
However, in the classroom I made assumptions about our students, such as believing college was the natural course for all of them after high school, and that is was always a destination, not an option. It was not until later that I realized how my identity as a White, upper-class individual contributed to my epistemologies and
Although I felt victimized and belittled by my peers and teachers, I believe that the pressure of not conforming to the stereotypes that were held against my Pakistani identity, helped me to work arduously in school. I learned how a dominant white-ruling class dominates society, through racialization, and how the use of micro-aggressive statements allows a group to maintain hierarchy. I become aware of the insensitivity and dismay other races, different from the predominant race were held at, by both students and faculty. This school, helped to put into perspective the issues with racialization and how a dominant white community can use group categories to benefit themselves. Although at times, the comments that were based off of complete ignorance and discrimination, made me want to rid my Pakistani culture and identity.
I had the grand honor of being born into a culturally diverse family. Although Dominican culture dominates our customs, we are 25% Middle Eastern from Lebanon, and 25% Spanish from Barcelona, Spain. The cultures have all laced into each other in such a way that I find it utterly ordinary to eat Arabic food while listening to Dominican music while serving Spanish desserts. My parents came to America at around the age that I am now, met each other, and my mom had my first sister at 18 while my father was 22. My mom went back to high school to finish her GED while my father enrolled in an institution that he never got around to finishing because his english was not well.
Reflecting on my development as a first-generation immigrant, I can attribute a large portion of my characteristics and aspirations to my experiences growing up and to the role model whom I have admired, my mother. More specifically, being exposed to the tireless work ethic of a single parent who had to overcome the dual pressures of assimilation and poverty has imparted in me a respect for the ideals of continual self-improvement and advancement. My mother’s sacrifices have always been to better our family’s situation and to provide me with the best education opportunities. Recognizing my mother’s hard worked and what she has given up for me, I put my best foot forward in every situation to honor her. Looking back at the hardships such as racial discrimination and language barriers my mother had to transcend, as
As a Mexican American I was told that it will be hard for me to get into college. The stereotypes that I faced was that the only job that my race was good at is construction, roofing, and landscaping. I felt like this was not true and wanted to defeat this stereotype. I have learned a lot growing up in a big household. I am the oldest among all my siblings.
College students are generally categorized with a large amount of stereotypes and misconceptions. College students are often being misunderstood on who they actually are and what they do. Today, it is difficult for people to express themselves in the real world due to stereotypes and misconceptions. People make comments about a group of other people, but they do not realize that those comments most of the time are considered stereotypes and misconceptions. Some people do not know what a stereotype or misconception is. A stereotype is what others believe about a group, but sometimes it is true and most of the time it is exaggerated. A misconception happens when there is a stereotype, it is an incorrect assumption and based as truths. College students fall under many stereotypes and misconceptions in which they need to be better understood, they are simply people who are going to school to get their degree and pursue their career.
Imagine this! You are from the diverse continent of Asia.. You are a 13 year old and still go to school. You have to get an A in every class on every test. If you don't your parents will yell at you. Your parents are doctors and you have to be one too. You of course are very smart (its in your genetics) and since your eyes are different you can't see and are going to become a bad driver. How long did it take you to see that I was listing stereotypes. Putting you in the chains that people place on Asian Americans. You may say that you don't think these things. You may not think so but in your subconscious you are. You put people in these boxes without thinking. In reality I am Asian but I am from India. I am smart because I work hard. My parents
Being a child of immigrant parents has taught me so much. For example, being able to work hard for what you want. At school, I always strive to get A’s. My parent’s have taught me to never settle for anything less than a B. They know that in order for me to go to college and be successful, I not only have to get good grades but work hard to get there.
I was determined to be seen as an equal. I dedicated more time towards studying and it showed when I made A’s on exams that my peers struggled with. I was finally seen as equal as others intellectually. However, I then got comments of being an “exceptional Asian.” In response I’d ask “Why do you say that?”