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In My Words by Jocelyn

04 Feb 2018 11:34 AM

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Being black in class, it don’t get no harder

Trying to push myself every day to get smarter.

Limited finances, no money in my pockets

Got a family at home supporting me and staving.


In My Words     College of Engineering, Black/African American


Todos los hombres y las mujeres no son creados iguales. De Raul

24 Jan 2018 8:06 AM

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Todos los hombres y las mujeres no son creados iguales. Algunos nacen ricos y otros pobres. Algunos nacen débiles y otros con gran fuerza. Algunos nacen con oportunidades, y algunos nacen con problemas. Es por eso que hay discriminación, lucha y competencia en nuestro mundo. La historia del mundo nunca ha sido bonitas flores y arcoiris. Ha estado lleno de sangre, hambre, violencia y destrucción. Todos nacemos en diferentes entornos, hogares, sistemas educativos, posiciones económicas e influencias externas.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, MVP

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All men and women are not created equal by Raul

24 Jan 2018 8:03 AM

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All men and women are not created equal. Some are born rich and others poor. Some are born weak and and others with great strength. Some are born with opportunities, and some are born with deficits. That is why there is discrimination, struggle and competition in our world. The history of the world has never been pretty flowers and rainbows. It has been full of blood, famine, violence and destruction. We are all born in different environments, households, education systems, economic standings, and external influences.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Embracing Failures and Thriving by Luis

17 Jan 2018 2:34 PM

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When I started at Iowa State a year and a half ago, everything seemed so new, and filled with possibilities. I was enthusiastic about making new friends, connections, and pursuing the interests that I once thought would become my passions. Iowa State was my new beginning, the place where I could finally be who I am and live out my identities to the fullest. Although my intentions were to be as successful as I could during my first semester, I was not able to navigate college as seamlessly as I thought I could.

In My Words     College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Latinx

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Let Love Guide You Through It All by Tiara

11 Jan 2018 1:05 PM

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Learning to love your learning will guarantee you success in college (and arguably in your life). While we all come to college for various reasons, there is a singular implied objective that we all share: earning a degree. The journey to the degree is not always on a clearly defined, straight path; I personally have had my share of challenges and discouragements, ranging from personal to financial to academic, along the way.

In My Words     Black/African American, College of Engineering, WiSE

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Graduate Reflection by Natalie

12 Dec 2017 11:44 AM

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My time at Iowa State University was truly an adventure and I could not have done it without the support of family and friends.

In My Words     graduation, first-generation, Latinx, College of Human Sciences

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My Name Is by Mirella

02 Dec 2017 1:35 PM

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Photo of MirellaI came to Iowa State from Texas knowing no one. The one thing I thought about most often about coming to Iowa State was not the usual “how was I going to make friends?” or “where Maple Hall is?” Instead, I thought about my name. My name is Mirella, pronounced Me-rhe-YA. My entire school career my name has been a struggle for other people to learn and pronounce.

In My Words     Latinx, WiSE, Womyn of Colour Network, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Who I am. Where I’m from. Where I’m going. by Sarah

22 Nov 2017 9:25 AM

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Being a peer mentor for the Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) has been a learning experience for me. I think that most important things about being a leader are… knowing who you are,  where you’re from, and  where you’re going.   You’d be surprised by the similarities you may share with your peers. I never realized that other people may have experienced that same things as me or identified with similar characteristics or communities.

In My Words     MVP, Asian American

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Fear of Missing Out by John

10 Nov 2017 12:53 PM

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Two years ago marks the moment that changed my entire college experience, and it started with a culture shock.

Sophomore year was an awkward stage where I attended various clubs to find where I could fit in, but I never really found a group that wanted to hang out with me outside of club hours. It felt like I tried everything, but I didn’t really click with anyone...they weren’t my crowd.

Club Spotlight, In My Words     Asian American

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The Albino Squirrel by Beverly

02 Nov 2017 9:53 AM

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So, are you wondering what an albino squirrel has to do with me telling my experience as a minority at Iowa State University?

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