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Student story: College offers exposure to diversity

The student discusses their eye-opening journey at a historically black college. Originally from a predominantly white community, they discovered the rich diversity within the black community. This experience shattered stereotypes and taught them the value of appreciating diversity.

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  • old spice man blue style avatar for user Sara Copeland
    Why should I intern? wouldn't it be more beneficial to me to get a regular paying job while I get experience?
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    • leaf orange style avatar for user Benny C
      Internships will be offered in your field of study, they'll be flexible, and will also offer you credits towards graduating in some cases. So, while a regular job might be important to earn money, an internship will be extremely valuable when it comes to getting hired later in the field or industry you want.

      Consider you're a hiring manager at an airport, and you're looking for a new lower-level manager. You have two applicants:. One worked at the grocery store as a cashier over the summer after graduation. The other spent the summer interning at LaGuardia gaining real-world experience at managing an airport.

      Both may have degrees in Aviation Management, but the latter has already demonstrated that they have relevant work experience in the industry. You won't need to train them at all.

      It's also worth noting that many companies end up hiring previous interns right away! You might intern for the semester, graduate with your degree, and immediately get hired. It puts your foot in the door already.

      So these are things to consider whether or not an internship is right for you.
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  • ohnoes default style avatar for user Funkadillon
    There is a lot of diversity in college. However, why are the majority of students in most colleges white? I thought white people would have a disadvantage because colleges say they want a variety of races? (I don't mean to offend anyone. Just a question).
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    • hopper cool style avatar for user maceden
      Because approximately 60% of America is Caucasian. Since many Hispanic and African-American people are low-income, and there IS a large percentage of Caucasian (including a lot of the middle-class), it would make sense that the majority of college students are Caucasian.
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Olivia
    This person kinda makes me relize that there is still segregation going on. And that we dont realize it, like when she says "... I'm from a genrally white area.." Whats that supposed to mean?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user 44167
    Should I make friends in college or focus on myself.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Emma Joy
    Are the friends you meet in college will be your life long friends?
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Video transcript

- So from my personal perspective, I go to a historically black college, and so being from Palo Alto, California, a predominately white area, I thought that being black meant one thing, you know, that stereotypical idea. And so when I went to college and I'm surrounded by all these black people, I'm realizing that, you know, everybody's different. So there's Hatians, there's African-American people, there's people that are from the diaspora, and I like that it challenged my ignorance and it made me be open to other people and not stereotyping people, or not thinking that all people are one thing. So college really opened my eyes to different types of people, and now even when I go, when I come back home, start a new job, I'm trying to be open to people just because I learned that in college. That's really what gets you by.