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pocahontas

~Paint with all the colors of the wi…

Sadly, this post won’t be about the popular Disney movie, Pocahontas. Speaking of that, did anyone else used to be terrified of the old woman talking tree? I think its name was old Willard or something.

Anyhow, one of the reasons I love college so much is that it gives me the opportunity to meet so many new people from such diverse backgrounds. I believe I’ve mentioned before that I attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. We have over 44,000 students here from every single corner of the country and the world. Diversity ranges from political ideologies, to religion, to sexuality, to style of dress, to hobbies, etc. The point is, this place is very diverse. 

Now, the reason I titled this post Pocahontas (other than to draw you guys in) is because of one of the songs in the film. The song “Colors of the wind.” One of the verses in the song says:

But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger

You’ll learn things

You never knew you never knew

That right there, my friends, is gold. It’s also a valuable life lesson.

One of the things I’m guilty of, just like any other normal human being, is prematurely passing judgement on someone before you meet them or even properly get to know their story and character. Only later after getting to know the person do I realize how foolish I was to arrive to my own conclusion about them.

I have a second eight week course this semester which centers around nothing but dialogue about social issues, life and other things of the such. It’s quite refreshing to be in a class where all we do is talk. We still have work in stuff, but 97% of the class is talking with one another.  This is the second week of the class and after hearing some of the autobiographies, dreams and fears of my fellow peers who I so wrongfully judged beforehand, I seriously wanted to just walk up to each and every one of them and apologize.

Everyone has a story, and it’s far more brilliant and intricate than we could ever imagine.

Especially for a college campus where you may run into someone who’s having a bad day and you think they’re an asshole right off the bat. You go out to get something to eat one night and see a group of drunk students and automatically label them as stupid and not worthy of being in college. Or you frown upon an international student who’s always brave enough to speak up in class to answer a question but has a terrible accent.  Remember to hold your brain’s tongue.

Until next time,

Larry