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I do not understand this assignment fully but I will just started typing whatever comes to mind. In The New Cakewalk, Cornhill talks about his experiences as an African American and how it tied into history, culture, etc. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, which is highly dominated my Mexicans and Hispanics. The Valley (as so it's called, and no not the one in California) is really a one-of-a-kind place. Even though I will always consider it home, I was glad I moved away and got to experience life outside of the Valley. People there are very conservative in their views, not really politically speaking but in their view of the traditional family. The Valley is very close-minded, and I honestly believe if I didn't leave there for college I would have stayed there.


My mother was born in Mexico, and my dad is Hispanic so I have a strong mexican/hispanic culture. People find it hard to believe that my first language was Spanish, and that I didn't learn English til about the age of 5. Public school is where I learned English (I kind of had to). As far as my education goes, I believe I received a very well education and attribute my current status as a student at UT to it. The only thing I think high school did not prepare me for is on my study skills. Thus, I feel that there was a big jump in h/w, course work, and overall difficulty from high school to college.


Mexican culture plays a big part of my life, and I have grown up to admire people like Cesar Chavez. When I think about Cesar Chavez, I can't help but think of my maternal grandfather. Like Cesar, my grandpa was a day laborer and worked in the fields trying to support his wife and 10 kids. As my aunts, uncles, and mother got older they helped in every way they could. My mom and her sisters would do maid service and clean houses. My uncles would go with my grandpa to the fields. It was a difficult time for them, but they are all in the United States right now, and are all doing something and have jobs. Because of the family I grew up in, I have a strong opinion on the immigration topic. Without getting to political, I do think everyone should have a choice to be part of this country. However, if they become part of this country then they must pay taxes like everyone else and get jobs and contribute to the economy and not take advantage of health care services that could be greatly used on people that need it. Working hard for what you want and what you believe is the mind-set I grew up around. This is what has molded me to be the person that I am right now.

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