The greatest experience I had that helped me better understand the importance of the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society was the election of President Barack Obama. Being a black American, Barack was looked at as less capable of accomplishing the expectations of a president and was immediately dismissed as being a great leader simple based upon his skin color. Barack Obama came into office and made great changes that a lot of Americans thought he could not do. With the election of Barack, he brought together people of all different races, religions and backgrounds which had a lot to do with the way people saw each other in a new light. The president is part of an underrepresented group in our society, a person who was looked at as not having much to offer the world based on his background and color. With attitudes such as these this keeps plenty of hard working people from reaching their full potential. I believe that the events on November 2nd 2008 changed the outlook of who could be a positive asset to society.
Being able to experience the 2008 election also gave hope. It showed that anything is possible with the right support and guidance. Underrepresented groups can strive with just something simple as support. Support from the community or just at home. Without the support of the people around you, people like Barack Obama would not be where he is right now. Besides color, Barack was looked over because of religious beliefs. With the narrow minded people in the world, being different, especially when it comes to race can make getting ahead in life very hard. With open minds, there could be so much accomplished in the world and could solve many problems with the division between groups.
Barack went to under privilege neighborhoods and set goals to help the people. I would love to help my community out. I grew up in a bad neighborhood but now I am going to college and have goals. Showing young children that no matter what your background or challenges put against you, that you can still make something of yourself in life. I will be the first in my generation to attend a university. When I grew up I didn’t see anyone around me going to college and it did not detour me, it could detour a lot of other kids. Most kids need that role model to give them hope and guide them down the right path. I want to go to college, graduate and show my younger family members that it is possible. Being successful in life doesn’t depend on your income or opportunities you are given, it’s about the amount of work you put in and how hard you try.
Trying hard and putting your best foot forward is the first step to success. The second step is having the drive to succeed which is what I truly have. My future plans after graduation is to become a CEO of my own marketing company. Being a female African American, I rarely see someone like me is such high positions. I want that to change. I want little girls of all races or African Americans of either gender to know that just because you are a minority; it doesn’t mean you can’t make it. Being a role model is a great and honorable dream of mines. If I can change one person’s outlook on what the can and can’t reach in life, I want to do so.
Being six and seven and not seeing anyone around you striving for better than the minimum can be put in your head as ok. The young children around me and also young adults, seen their parents do the bare minimum by just completing high school. They also see how their parents struggle to keep money in their pockets and food on the table. These young kids and young adults will grow up with the mind set that it ok to live pay check to pay check. It’s time that that mold was changed. If you can do better, then why not? If you can go to college and make a good living for yourself and/or family, why not? It’s time that these types of ideas were put into the mind of the youth today in our society. This can be done simply by seeing what is out there, seeing that you don’t need rich parents or excellent grades to make something of yourself. Being a person who wants to change this approach on life, its my job to start by showing children anything and everything is possible when u try.