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Identity

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Leonor Luis

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Obstacle 1 Obstacle 2 Obstacle 3 Start Identity Rules Interview Questions Reflection Identity Cesiah Novoa 2. As a first generation college student, we must not take our parents hard work for granted. We must pay back for their 12 hour, underpaid, work days. 3. As a first generation college student, we must alleviate the cost of college for our parents in order to keep our families from the financial stress that college brings. 4. As a first generation college student, we must not expect success to be easily achieved, but instead we must work harder and more efficiently than others. 5. As a first generation college student, we must continue the search for a better future for generations to come. 1. As minorities oppressed by society, we must allow each other to be failures in life and our dreams because we acknowledge that our dreams of success will never come true. 2. As minorities oppressed by society, we must succumb to alcohol because it is the only way we know how to solve our problems and suppress our pain. 3. As minorities oppressed by society, we must accept that white people will always see us as nothing more than lesser class that only complain about their misfortunes rather than taking action. 4. As minorities oppressed by society, we must realize that our culture and race is nothing more than a comedic value to white people. 5. As minorities oppressed by society, we must realize that one of the few steps to becoming equal to whites is the act of losing oneself through assimilation. "We sat there beside Dirty Joe and watched all the white tourists watch us , laugh, point a finger, their faces twisted with hate and disgust." (Alexie 55) "In my family, counting parents, siblings, and dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, there are less than a dozen who are currently sober, and only a few who ever drank." (Alexie xix) "'Tell me you're sorry,' she said. 'Sorry for what?' I asked. 'Everything,' she said and made me stand straight for fifteen minutes, eagle-armed woth books in each hand... 'Indians, indians, indians.' She said it without capitalization. She called me 'indians, indians, indians.'" (Alexie 173) Book Rules 1. What do you identify as? (race, culture and identity) 2. Are you a first generation student? 3. Can you please identify any cultural pressures brought along with your pursuit in higher education? 4. Do you feel that what you identify as has any implication when it comes to your college career and future? 5. What implications do you think your identity will play on future generations? "On a reservation, Indian men who abandon their children are treated worse than white fathers who do the same thing. It's because white men have been doing that forever and Indian men have just learned how. That's how assimilation can work." (Alexie 34) "It's hard to be optimistic on the reservation." (Alexie 49) "'It's too bad, too bad,' I said. 'I thought Julius might be the one to make it all the way.' 'I told you he wouldn't. I told you so.'" (Alexie 52) "Back at home on the reservation, my former classmates graduate: a few can't read, one or two are just given attendance diplomas, most look forward to the parties. The bright students are shaken, frightened, because they don't know what comes next." (Alexie 180) In order to understand this rule you must know that most of our parents did not attend college or earned a degree. They were stopped by obstacles and were willing to get any job available in order for us to get the education and career they were not able to get. We then feel the need to do what is expected from us because we do not want to let them down and we want them to know we respect their wishes. To understand this rule you need to know that as minorities, who are trying to be successful in life, we have to face more of a challenge due to the fact that we are put down by those "superior" to us. Our family struggles to get what we need, like shelter and food, so we do not want to add to those struggles and stress because we feel like it is our duty to make things easier for our parents. In order to understand this we must accept that we are minorities and getting a higher education is difficult because our superiors will always have an advantage over us. Most of the time we do not have the materials or money to obtain the necessary, which then makes us do double the work in order to find other alternatives. This is more understandable through the parents perspective because they want their children, grandchildren, and just the future generation in general to have less stress and less of a struggle than them. They want the future generation to get the education and career they were not able to obtain. They want a brighter future. They want their impossible to be possible. While coming up with the rules we learned that we disagree with the family bond Latino's are said to have, but that does not mean we do not want something better for our family. Many of our family's expectations tend to make up what we want for our future simply because we want to make them proud. We have learned that we have it easier than our parents because they have made it like this for us by taking on the challenge of working harder and overcoming all obstacles put in front of them. Our "superiors" do not have the power to slow us down, we are the only ones that should be able to make that decision.



1. As a first generation college student, we must live up to our family’s expectations of graduating, gaining a career and rearing children to follow in our footsteps. This we cannot falter or grow weary of, but instead strive for the greatest possible change for our family. Leonor Luis
Gregory Edmond
Carlos Hernandez In order to fully grasp the idea conveyed by this rule you need to understand that we will be the first to get a higher education within our family and it is something our parents have been waiting for because their opportunities to go further in life were limited. They were discriminated against and shut down because of their race. This only leads us to being pressured to leave the "hood" and succeeding in life in order to make our parents and family proud. 1st Generation College Student/Latina woman "Coming from a latino family where everyone stays together it is really hard for my family to understand why I left for college. I felt the pressure of proving to my family that I was leaving in pursuit of a higher education and not just to abandon them." "I think going to college has made me aware of how important culture is to my identity. I go to a school in the suburbs where the majority of the residents are white. College is filled with people from all walks of life and my cultural background is what makes me different.I have grown to appreciate my culture more than ever before because I have realized how it's made me who I am." "I hope to reach out to future generations of first generation college students and show them it is possible to not only attend but complete a four year college education. I feel that the more role models students have the better chance that they will also attend." Rigoberto Bejarano 1st Generation College student / American first, Mexican next "The pressure that I feel is trying to balance making school my priority while seeking a job since many older Latinos feel that work should come first and not the other way around. Trying to balance my role as a student and worker is my current issue." "It does have a role so as much to provide insight to other groups that not all stereotypes are true, to help provide cultural diversity at USC, but I do not want my career and future endeavors to be based on my race. I want to be judged on my merits, and not by how I am identified culturally." Alex Avelar "My wife and I intend to maintain our family's culture through our future children, but also, want them to learn about other cultures at the same time. Trying to find a balance in assimilation, while keeping our identity requires constant balance." First generation college student/ Salvadorian, Latino, Human Liye Machon "People expect me to fail simply because of my skin color and cultural history. What they don't understand is my people work just as hard as any other person out there, and what we look like shouldn't be a determining factor of our success." 1st generation college student / African American & Latina "No. I can still identify with my culture, but I can also adapt to others and identify with them one way or another." "As long as we stay in the same path of hard work and determination, I think our future generation will keep striving to push our culture forward. In a few decades we will no longer be viewed as the minority, and it'll be because of the work that we are putting in now. My identity will allow me to push my children and their children to a better society." "The cultural pressures from back home (South Central) were to prove that underprivileged individuals are just as capable of being academically successful as more privileged Americans."
"Being a doctor, Chief Justice, or president of a prestigious university like USC are not career options that were created for individuals like me. My ethnic identity has a huge influence on what others will think I am capable of in my chosen profession. But, to me and many others under similar circumstances, negative cultural stereotypes are motivators to inspire others to be the best in what they do." "I don't know, I just hope that my cultural identity serves as a benefit to generations. As of right now, I am a burden. My ethnicity, my origin, and being is a mark on the greater population. But whether I prove to be an example of "rags to riches" or just another minority who got lucky, I want to inspire another underprivileged child to be more than whats expected of them."
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