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This student shares their experience transitioning from a majority black community to a diverse college. They found a strong sense of belonging and support at Brown University, making friends and connecting with the black community. Programs helped them adjust, and they formed lasting friendships.
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- i want to go to college but i feel like i cant succeed high school cause most of it its hard cause i never went to 7th or 8th grade(6 votes)
- I am the same i never did 7th or 8th grade but i graduated when I was 16. So I think if you just keep trying you can do anything you want just like i am.(7 votes)
- Overcoming anxiety around not fitting in as an obstacle to college what that mean?(2 votes)
- It means that a lot of people experience fear and sometimes don't go to college because of that fear. You've probably experienced it yourself -- think about your fist day of high school or middle school.(3 votes)
- Why do white American people think that they are superior to all the African-Americans?(0 votes)
- Not all white people think like that, but for the those who do, I think it has something to do with family and heritage. A lot of those ideals might have been passed down through their family (e.g., someone's grandfather might have owned slaves). Sadly, some people just can't help the way they were raised.(7 votes)
- I am currently attending a community college. At times I feel a lot of anxiety coming from a small town and wanting to go to a large university. I often ask myself what if I fail, what if I do not fit in, and if I am making the right decision. I am trying to apply a growth mindset to this. I just don't want to learn for a degree. I want to learn because I know my brain grows through failures. It's just hard at times wanting to leave your comfort zone for a new place. I often ask myself should I go to the university near home or should I go to the university that is in the same state, but farther away? This is because they offer the same major, but accept different classes.(3 votes)
- that is true why so many cultural notes and them talking about it?(2 votes)
- i want to go to college but i think there is so many colleges can you help me find some with uniforms(2 votes)
- Where I come from, I come from a majority black community, about 70% of my county is black, and my school was 90% black. And because there was this shared experience, there was a strong sense of community between all of us. And all the schools that I was looking at, I was looking at schools like Brown. And I knew that (laughs) the schools weren't gonna be like where I was comin' from. And so I was very concerned about fitting in, and about finding people who would know where I was coming from, and my experience. And I definitely found that here. I fit in, I made so many friends. The black community is very strong, and there were a lot of programs to help me with that transition, and that was really helpful. (laughs) I have a really funny story. So I came to school, I came to Brown in July as part of a pre-orientation program called Catalyst. And it was for disadvantaged students, or underrepresented minority students, who were interested in studying science at Brown. And so I came on campus and barely, no one was there, because it was July. And when I went to the bookstore, I met the very first student at Brown I will ever meet, and her name's Jamelle, and she's my best friend now. And I remember her whole family was there. And I was just walking and being shy. She comes up to me and goes, "Are you a freshman at Brown? "I'm a freshman at Brown. Where are you coming from? "This is my family." Talking to me like we'd known each other for years. I was like, that's what I'm gonna be expecting, comin' to this school. And yeah, as I said before, we spend every Thanksgiving together now. And I was just so excited that day. And that's just how Brown has been for me.