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I was eleven years old when I set foot in the United States for the first time. I was no longer in Mexico, the country that had provided me the foundation of my early education. In Mexico, I had excelled since my first years in school, becoming one of the top students of a rural school. However, on my first day of school in the United States, I felt this had completely changed. I felt lost, with a deep feeling of nervousness, especially when my father walked out of the school’s main entrance, leaving me in there, alone. The first three years in this new educational system were one of the toughest experiences of my life. My lack of ability to communicate in English during these years was a social and academic barrier that made me feel a frustrating impotence. It was significantly more challenging to accustom to such an educationally advanced culture and society for an eleven year old child since I had been deeply influenced by my native language and culture to the point where learning a new language meant changing my identity in order to adopt a new education. I was forced to give an extra effort to ignore the racial prejudices of students who
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2009 for the course WRIT 48157 taught by Professor Averylk during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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