My Life That Made Me Who I Am Today Essay

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If I had to describe myself in one sentence I would say I am a straight, white, female with a modest upbringing, who was raised in the country by a conservative widow. The town I grew up in was a small, rural town in central Arizona. My high school graduating class had only 23 students and when I was young, the roads around town were still dirt. I remember how exciting it was when the roads were paved. My dad died when I was two and a half years old and my Mom never remarried. My brother and sister are 17 and 18 years older than me, respectively. For the most part, it was just me and my Mom. I most definitely came from humble beginnings, although quite honestly, I didn 't know it at the time.

What follows is a reflection of the various influences I have had in my life that made me who I am today. I will discuss various experiences that have shaped my worldview, specifically on the topics of race, class, sexual orientation, gender, and age.
While my mom was not overtly racist, I think she most certainly had some implicit bias. She grew up in the Midwest during the civil rights era and I am sure that had an effect on her worldview. I mention it here, because I am sure it had an effect on me as well, particularly when it comes to implicit bias. For instance, I am fairly certain my Mom was not a fan of interracial relationships. I do not think she would have approved if I dated anyone who wasn 't white. Although she never said it outright, somehow I knew that was the…

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