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On being an unlikely Leo

Cal in Color

From a young age, I was afraid of being expressive and taking up space. I learned to make myself smaller and quieter so white people would feel comfortable. 
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I am my Brownness

Cal in Color

Obviously, I knew that I was Brown. But in their attempts to make me feel included, my Ukrainian family made me feel even more othered.
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Transfer pride

Cal in Color

There’s an initial pinprick of fear that makes me wonder whether knowing that I transferred from a community college would make people see me differently.
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Crossing the line

Cal in Color

As a biracial, multicultural immigrant, I am always drifting across these lines, not quite belonging on either side, perpetually gliding over boundaries.
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