The Importance Of Being A Latino Students

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I considered myself to be an anomaly of a high school student. Being a Latino Student, the odds were not in my favor that I was enrolled at a four-year institution. Furthermore, I differed greatly from tradition Latino students as I was 4th generation college student. I came from a college educated Latino family. Although most of my family was educated in Peru, many have since immigrated to the United States acquiring jobs that utilize their foreign college degrees. I attended a private Christian school from kindergarten through high school. This allowed me to be exposed to many things that traditionally other Latino would not have access to in public education. My private school taught and used methods of teaching that were fundamentally different …show more content…
A negative racial climate can cause students to feel disregarded, alone and frustrated, reducing academic performance (Yosso 101). This type of climate at school has the potential to lower academic performance of students. Racial prejudices were not tolerated at my school and very few related incidents occurred. As the school was an Adventist institution it attempted to connect with students on the spiritual level. This was a colorblind approach. Every one was treated the same. Each student was treated as human beings subject to judgment only by God. This positive environment helped minority students like me feel welcomed and allowed me to perform at my best since I never felt estranged or different by my own cultural …show more content…
As mentioned above my family is highly educated. This put a tremendous pressure to attain the same level as them. Gaining a bachelors degree would only put me at equal terms as the rest of my family. The pressure my parents put on me to get good grades in high school to get scholarships for college was very difficult to bear. It caused me develop severe anxiety to the point that I needed to take medication. I also started to fall under deep depression because the pressure to succeed likes the rest of my family. This did not affect my grades in any way. This was just a sink or swim ultimatum to succeed to enroll in

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