The Most Unique Towns Of New Jersey Essay

2877 Words Nov 9th, 2016 12 Pages
Montclair is one of the most unique towns in New Jersey. People who live in my hometown range from extremely wealthy, living in the estate section, to homeless and living on the streets. Montclair prides itself on being very diverse and is only 60% caucasian. Everyone told me when I was growing up that I was in a bubble; they said that the real world was not be going to as accepting as the town that I am fortunate to live in. Race did not dictate your education and neither did your social class. Every school had a mixture of all ethnicities and socioeconomic classes. I never realized the extent of the bubble until I left Montclair and came to Bucknell. Unfortunately as diverse as my town is, it is also very segregated. The town is split into four wards, first ward is where the most rich people live and the fourth ward is for the poor. I grew up on the edge of the fourth ward; however, I would say that I grew up in a middle class family. Money was never an issue and my parents gave me and my older sister everything and more. Both my parents worked very long hours, my dad was gone from 6am to 8pm and my mother from 8am to 6:30pm. My sister and I used to go to before-school and after-school programs. That being said, we always made it a point to eat dinner together. Family was very big to my dad because he was raised with a strong community presence. My father grew up in a lower class family in Brooklyn with three siblings and both parents. On the other hand, my mother grew up…

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