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Yexenia Vanegas

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 Yexenia Vanegas
Yexenia Vanegas
Anthropology Major
Mellon Mays Fellow

As a first generation immigrant I have grown up with two cultures. My parents immigrated from Colombia to the U.S., were I was born, on February 19, 1991 and raised. I grew up juggling both cultures, American and Colombian, trying to figure out in which I belonged. I was born in Queens, raised in Long Island and went to a high school, which at the time was predominantly white. In high school I was Latina but on my trips to Colombia I was "gringa." It was my first year in college that I realized I did not have to choose a culture because I was part of and belonged in both. It was this struggle of identity that led me to Anthropology so that I could understand how humans are shaped and what where the forces and tools involved in the shaping. Now entering my junior year in college, I see anthropology as a way of understanding the world of humans. I hope to one day use what I know about the human condition and the forces that shape it, to solve social problems.