List compiled by La Gente staff writer, Victoria García Lecuona
It is not uncommon for people to segment and categorize people by race or ethnicity. Latinos, despite their varying ethnicities, nationalities and races, are often depicted as homogenous people. Because of this, as my friends and I moved to the U.S. for college, we are either immediately labeled as Latinos or looked at in disbelief because we do not conform to what society has defined as the typical Latino look or aesthetic. The way we look and the place we were born have shaped our experiences in college from the moment we nervously entered the dorms on our first day.
I gathered a small sample of international Latinos studying in different universities in the United States to recall the first memory that comes to mind when I ask them: What have you experienced in college that you might not have experienced if you were not Latino?