Personal Narrative: My Contributions To North Carolina A & T State University

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One of my potentially greatest unique contributions to the college community of North Carolina A&T State university is the ability to create relationships between people of similar and/or diverse backgrounds, and a desire to understand others' ideas and beliefs. When people hear the word 'diversity', they often think two dimensionally. It’s a concept often thought of in terms of nationality or socio-economic status. I believe the true meaning of diversity is not simply about skin color, economic background or the face value of any other characteristic, rather it is the increased knowledge and understanding of other people gained from unique experiences. The strength of diversity then comes from having many points of view and trying to reconcile them by finding common truths or…show more content…
I then realized that the wall I had constructed to keep what I felt was wrong about my new environment away was simultaneously preventing the positive aspects from effecting me as well. At this point is when I regained my briefly lost self-assurance and knew that I was never any less competent than the best and the brightest at Jordan, but that I needed to study and apply myself (methods I had not always practiced so vigorously in the past). I opened my mind, and a true understanding for diversity found it’s way in. I understand now that regardless of the differences and even the similarities of a group of people should not justify the intolerance for one another. I also believe my experiences have enhanced my communication with those whose backgrounds, opinions, and/or lifestyles contrast with mine. Furthermore, I will bring with me to North Carolina A&T State my newly found appreciation for diversity, my academic attentiveness, and cooperative communication skills to this esteemed and prominent institution of higher

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