The student-author wrote this narrative to reflect a personal literacy assignment in their freshman English course at college. The project asked the students to describe how a certain event has impacted their lives or changed them somehow. They were also tasked to tie in reading, writing, and language themes and explain their role in the story. The author chose to narrate how their high school years, spent in a predominantly white institution (PWI), affected their perception of self, language, and processing of events occurring around them. Trying to exist and learn as a Black student in a white-dominated space profoundly impacted their life.
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