I Am At Uc Berkeley Essay

1584 Words Oct 4th, 2015 7 Pages
I am at UC Berkeley because as a white middle-class male I possessed the toolkit with which one can most easily navigate the arena of the American educational system. My possession of dominant-cultural capital, as well as my social capital allowed me to persevere and achieve academic success. I grew up in Eureka, California, a very poor community in far Northern California, and moved to Buckeye, Arizona, a suburban agricultural community outside of Phoenix, at the start of my junior year of high school. Despite the low-economic status of both communities and the relatively low income of my own family I managed to excel academically. Numerous privileges served to keep me on track throughout my scholastic career ranging from: a strong attachment to school, an involvement in extra-curricular activities, readily accessible familial role models, and of course my privileges of race and gender as a white male. Although my family’s relatively low-income stood as an obstacle for me to overcome, I was able to do so with the support of my community and extended family unit. The affordability of college was perhaps the only major obstacle for my higher education but thanks to the resources I had access to like counselors, informational literature, and anecdotal advice via my peer group and role models, I was able to find the necessary information on financial aid to make my higher education possible. This economic downturn within my family was the result of my father losing his job…

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