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Growing up in the state of Iowa, feeling like an “outcast” was the norm for me. Moving from the city of Brownsville to a small town up north at the age of two was something life changing due to the possible lifestyle difference I could have. From where I used to live, to now, things are completely different.
Jefferson, Iowa was the little town I called home. I lived at 306 North Oak Street, not too far from my middle school at the time. Then again though, the town is so small that everything in it was not too far away. Being a part of the only Hispanic family in town, we were obviously seen and treated differently. My dad worked at Tyson for 20+ years while my mom worked at Farmland for 13+ years, both meat factory companies. They worked outside of town in two different cities, early in the morning too. Everyday my mom would wake up at 4 a.m. to get ready for work at 5:30 a.m. My dad would wake me and my siblings up every morning at 5 a.m. It was not the easiest way to wake up because it was really early, but that is just the way it had to be. We would have to brush our teeth and get dressed for school before heading out to my babysitter’s house in the nearby town Grand Junction. My elementary and middle school were in different towns. My elementary was in a small town next to Grand Junction, it was called Rippey. The school name was Greene County Elementary School. The people there treated for the most part pretty well, but the teachers on the other hand thought I was dull-witted. I did not realize until I was in middle school that they put me in an ESL class throughout elementary, and all the teachers would talk to me different from the rest as if my English was bad due to my ethnicity. At least when I got to middle school, the teachers treated me almost the same as any other Caucasian. Of course I could still tell the difference when I would get punished for forgetting something at home or getting to class late and when a non-Hispanic student would get scolded

Gonzalo from Texas
High School Senior
Lopez High School