3 thoughts on “Cultural Biography”

  1. Michelle,

    Thank you very much for sharing your teaching and personal experiences from the city. I think that it is great that you were able to reflect on your “sheltered” life as well as your gender identity and how that played a role in your experiences in the city. It can be very powerful to share an experience from the train like you did, and I also like that you took the time to mention that you originally were not the minority in your setting until you went into the professional world. Reflecting on “lacking cultural experiences” is something that can be very powerful as well.

    Great Post!

    Andrew Levinton


  2. Michelle,

    I really enjoyed listening to your voice thread! I enjoyed that we both found out about a majority of our culture through research data basis, such as Ancestry DNA and 23 and me. Finding out this specific information about my culture has taught me a tremendous amount about myself. I also enjoyed listening about your family goals and beliefs because they are very similar to mine. My family believes that in order to be successful in life, you must work hard on a daily basis. If you are able to continuously work hard, then success will eventually come. Thank you for sharing such an amazing thread!


    Jaidin Tonneson


  3. Hi MIchelle,
    Thank you for sharing! In slide one i can also relate to how you feel about now being very aware of your race. Like you, growing up, I did not really see my race. I currently work in a very under privileged school, and on a daily basis i am the minority in my surroundings and am so aware of my race. I also feel that this recent realization was due to a lack of awareness of my race. I remember when I first attended college, many of my friends were filling out financial aid forms and I did not know what that was as I was fortunate enough to have my parents pay for my education. I feel as though I also was able to relate a lot to what you were saying in slide 2. My parents always tried to instill in my sister and I a sense of purpose in life. Money was never the measure of how successful, or what type of person you were but rather your work ethic, your values, and how you treat others.


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