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The multicultural impact on my soul

I'm a biracial disabled individual that was born in Boston,but was raised as a world student. My mother's heritage is Norwegian and Irish. Her grandparents on her father's side immigrated from Norway while her great grandparents on her mother's side immigrated from Norway and Ireland. My father is originally from Kenya and became a naturalized United States citizen. When I was a baby my mom and dad divorced and married other people. While between the ages of 8-12 my mom and stepdad were hired by the American International School in Libreville, Gabon. That meant that I spent my 3rd-6th grade years in Central Western Africa. While there I learned many interesting things including some good, some bad, and some strange about that culture including but not limited to politics, law enforcement, and military. Upon returning to the United States my family and I experienced reverse culture shock. I made friends with people from all over the world and as such was exposed to many different viewpoints and perspectives on the world as well as how things work. All of these experiences and exposures have molded me into who I am today. I am a strong independent woman who takes pride in who i am. I love to study history and cultures because they are great teaching tools for future generations and can even provide paths to reconciliation as well as healing.

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