Words of Wisdom:

"Shabazz" - Nguyen


  • Date Submitted: 02/16/2015 10:18 PM
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I had always been a little sheltered growing up. New Year’s Day weekend of my junior year in high school, I was invited to stay at my friend’s sister’s house in Austin, Texas. She was in college and my friend and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get a feel of what college life may be like, since we were almost seniors in high school. I was a little nervous to spend the night so far from home, but during my stay, I learned the importance of thinking for myself and to be a little more open minded.
We drove up to Austin with my friend’s dad and when we arrived at the house, I was excited and nervous to meet my friend’s sister and her two roommates. Her sister greeted us with a welcoming smile as she cleaned up what looked to be remnants from a New Years Eve party. Her best friend and roommate greeted us just as warmly and joked with us a little to break the ice. Once her sister finished cleaning we all decided to go out for lunch. I didn’t know Austin very well so I let them make the decision. We went to a delicious pizza place that wasn’t too far from the house but still gave us a feel for the inner city. After we finished eating, my friend’s dad left and we all went back to the house to get settled. We sat down and talked for a little bit to get to know each other better.
During our conversations, I discovered that their views on religion and politics were extremely different from what I had been used to. Because they were so friendly, I wasn’t uncomfortable to talk about these things and listening to their views and arguments opened my mind to new ideas. There were still things I didn’t really agree with, but as I was listening to them, I realized that I’m going to have to start thinking for myself when I leave the small, close-minded high school community. They told me that people will try to change your views and beliefs but you have to stay true to yourself, especially in college.
Our conversation ended and my friend’s sister...


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