Growing up as a first-generation Mexican American was a huge advantage for me in that it allowed me to grow up in a culturally diverse community. I learned how to work well with people of all backgrounds and empathize with people from all walks of life. However, while being the first in my family to go to college was a momentous accomplishment, the lack of instruction and guidance lead me to commit many mistakes that could have been easily avoided during my first years at college. My timidity and downright arrogance lead me to believe that I did not need anyone’s assistance and thus I found myself denial that there was a problem in terms of my grades during my first semesters. I have since addressed this issue and have worked diligently to
Las Vegas is where I was born and raised. That doesn’t mean that I just gave up on my Mexican culture. Like many others, I have a culture that is both American and Mexican. My culture has shaped my values, perceptions, and behaviors. The culture of my family, community, and society has made who I am as a person in numerous ways.
Innocence is a trait that disappears with experience; we are unable to earn it back once we have lost it. We often correspond innocence with the idea of adolescence and unknowing and experience with wisdom and maturity. This is true in all cases, we grow each and every day and have many experiences where we learn new and different things, but we can never unlearn what was already taught we can only forget. “The Blue Bouquet” by Octavio Paz portrays this idea of the personal journey from innocence to experience or adolescence to maturity through showing the contrast between foreigners and commoners in Mexico. Through this contrast we discover how both characters had went through a journey from innocence to experience, this was shown through
In the process of bearing and raising a child, two people must come together and contribute both genetics and personality traits to this blank canvas of a person in order to create who they are. However in this process traits can be lost or gained, some are more prominent than others, and as you experience the influence of others and go throughout life your family begins to impact you less and less as it is diluted from a passion burning inside of you. Throughout the majority of my life, I heard of no others lives other than my own. Whenever my family would visit other family members their situations would not be much different. They either dropped out of high school or barely finished it and passed their time by working near minimum wage work
I expected to get lost at least 10 times but I successfully didn't. Before my first day at Drake I had heard from couple people that I was going to be 1 of 2 or 3 people of color in most of my classes. I didn't except that to be true but it was, in my first-year seminar I was 1 out of 4 people of color. I thought to myself those numbers are better than the ones I heard from people but I was still surprised to see the lack of students of color in the classroom. This made me more nervous to speak out and give my opinion because in my mind I thought I will be looked at differently due to my diverse background.
Besides that, because I am a Vietnamese female, this affected to how I adapted into this new environment, my gender helped me connect with a certain student, and evaluations of my reactions under certain circumstances at Toro Middle School. Being a 17-year-old, Asian, and female, fitting into a new environment took time for students at Toro to sink in because I looked as if I was a student there. My first day in, none of the students greeted or seem to not have noticed because I was not introduced to the students. I
For example, the documentary quotes “He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it” (George Orwell). Boys do tend to make sure that the public does not know the real person inside of them. Personally as a victim of this situation, when I was in middle school and throughout high school, I used to get bullied a lot. This led me to being the kid that wore the same clothing every day and not having that many friends. This inclined a social problem and hence, I did not talk to a lot of other kids during my adolescence.
Both acculturation and assimilation have been used to analyze culture contact. Acculturation is the process in which a person can adapt to certain aspects of other cultures without resulting in the dismissal of their own culture. In Ovando’s example of the Mexican kid, we can clearly see that acculturation is a basic adaptation to a new environment. According to Ovando, acculturation leaves out the change of “deep culture” aspects of someone’s life. This means that the primary language, expressions, values, and others are left untouched.
There are countless examples of Mexican-American masculinity in this novel, like when it mentions that Gabriel’s two eldest sons are fighting in WWII. Bless Me, Ultima also presented the process of acculturation for Mexican-Americans, especially in the education system. Vikki Ruiz specifically mentions this process, stating “Students also became familiar with U.S. history and holidays” (Ruiz, p.266). this is portrayed when Antonio talks about one learning English only after going to school. Acculturation was an intrinsic aspect of the creation of Mexican
During that trip I learned many things, but most importantly, I learned about myself, who I really was and not the person I pretended to be depending on the nature of the company I associated with. It did not matter to me any more that I was some sort of social misfit, and the following year at school, living by my grandfather 's words I learned that I never was and it was just me that perceived myself as such. I learned that neither of my cultures has to be abandoned so that I could be myself, so that I could understand who I really was and did not have to fear what others thought of me and as such the new mindset allowed me to finally grow and change based on only my perceptions of myself. I believe that this realization and mindset is something that will help me through college because it would allow for me to look at things from angles that others who come from just a singular culture may not be able to look at from. I believe this experience will help me in college by allowing me to keep an open mind in situations, because seeing as how my perception of myself changed, something that is not necessarily easy for most people.
Perhaps it’s partly because of misinformation that has been believed for many years or that Asian-Americans “make few political demands and keep their heads down” (Bronner, 2012). Some Asian-Americans believe their parents taught them they must honor their family name and find ways to make the grades instead of causing trouble (Bronner, 2012). I do believe that Asian-Americans usually have higher values because in 18 years as a police officer I have only arrested one Asian-American and that was for DUI. It is true that many Asian-Americans are in the technical fields, but hardly any are in top management jobs and many more occupy service jobs (Williams, 2015). This model minority image of Asian-Americans has caused some problems with other minorities, but the problem is that experimental research has been done to look at the ramifications (Chao et al, 2013).
Since people have this view ingrained in their mindsets, I would like to challenge it and surprise them with becoming something that they did not expect, which is becoming a college graduate. There is no designated path I have seen for the fellow Mexican students in terms of majors or career paths. Of the Mexican students I know, they are all spread out in the types of majors they are pursuing. With ASU being focused on business, many do follow that, but there are also those in the medical field and in the arts as well. With me being interested in the arts ever since a young age, I still do want to follow my passion and become some sort of artist for my career.