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I belong to various communities in Portage; the Portage Northern High School Community, the Baseball Community, and the DECA Community, but my closest community is the “Elite Eight.” This group began as a small collection of neighborhood kids, originally the “Sunburst Six”, which then grew with the addition of new friends in high school. Portage is not a highly diverse community, although it boasts excellent high schools and celebrated sports and arts programs, the number of differing demographics is limited. So, I am fortunate to have found such a unique group of friends. We stem from very different backgrounds, from Catholic to Muslim to Hindu, and from all over the world. Not just do we come from different cultures, but also from different schools. Two members of the group now go to Cranbrook Kingswood, a distant school, but the distance between us couldn’t be closer. I embrace the families of my friends as if they were my own, and am often invited to partake in celebrations and ceremonies to which I might not otherwise
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Unformatted text preview: have a connection. By now it’s almost as if I had taken an Arabic and Hindi class for all that I have learned from being part of their households. Within the Elite Eight it’s easy to designate roles, I would be the brains, or the mastermind if you will. I lead, organize, and brainstorm all of our events. I plan our group dinners twice a week. I organized a recent trip to go Wilderness camping. On the weekends, I’ll get together pick-up baseball, homerun derby, or perhaps a game of football. The Elite Eight represents the diverse community I hope to find at the University of Michigan. We are not defined by our appearance or heritage or beliefs but rather by our connection to one another as best friends. I look forward to being part of a broader community where I can expand my friendships and life learning, only further enriching my educational experience....
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