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1 Tae’jainique Bedford Meagan Pikedean English 4 AP 2nd 25 September 2019 College Essay A Throughout high school, I have encountered many challenges and opportunities that have shaped me into the person I am today. Although there were many times when I wanted to give up, I continued to overcome adversities in hopes that in the end, it would all be worth it. At the beginning of my freshman year, I had high hopes for my high school career. I was going to become an officer for my school’s drill team, graduate with a 4.0 GPA, and have a full ride scholarship to Michigan State University. My life was going according to plan until the summer leading up to my sophomore year. The first “domino” to fall was the death of my great grandma. I didn’t even have time to grieve because my great granny had died a couple of weeks later. I fell into a deep depression and began to starve myself. Once the school year started, I was hit with another blow: my mother was considering moving us to Oklahoma to be closer to her mother. My heart shattered into a million pieces as I watched my perfect plan fall apart. I left for Oklahoma a week before Homecoming, leaving a boyfriend, my friends, and my hopes and dreams behind. Living in Oklahoma gave me an abundance of street smarts. Once I arrived there, I was hit with an enormous cultural shock. The city seemed to be somewhat segregated and some white and hispanic people there were very comfortable with using racial and derogatory language towards black people, black women especially. The school environment was no better for me. I was going to a predominantly hispanic school where the majority of the students and teachers
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2 simply didn’t want to be there. It was hard for me to adjust because I no longer had a support system and, because of the difference of Pflugerville and Oklahoma City’s school calendar, I was two months behind. Still saddened by our move, I tried to stay focused in school, but struggled with the new teaching methods and school schedule (I went from a block schedule to a regular schedule). I had to learn how to teach myself to not respond to racism and how to help myself
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