Rutgers College Essay

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I hail from the hearth of cultural diversity in the United States of America, New York City. Therefore it wouldn't be a surprise that all of my conscious life, I've been surrounded by different cultures, backgrounds, and views divergent from my own. Even though the sheer fact that my hometown displays an ability to thrive in a vibrant community, I don't believe that speaking about it alone would be sufficient enough to express why I would be able to fit into a vibrant community analogous to one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Rutgers University.
Having been a member of Brooklyn Technical High School's student body, I have been given the opportunity to be part of one of the most, if not the most diverse school in the United States. Although this is true, members of my ethnicity are grossly underrepresented in my school. While this may be unfortunate, over my school years I have learned to take this "disadvantage" and use it to my own advantage. Being the only African-American in some of my classes presented me with two options: Sulk over the fact that I was "alone" in terms of ethnicity, or allow the various cultures of other ethnicities influence me, while at the same time doing the same service to the students in my classes. I chose the latter, and I believe that it was the best possible decision for me to make, because without it, I would still be absolved in my own culture, ignorant of those around me. It goes further than this, however. The multiple academic interests of students at my school have allowed me to actually find something I was interested in, which was Environmental Law and Policy, juxtaposed to giving my parents the generic response that I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. My high school is one of the most core parts of my life, and without my experiences here, I doubt I would...

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