My experience at Iowa has been strange at times but for the most part it’s been fine. I grew up in NC and did my undergrad in Memphis but yet I was never so aware of my race or skin color until I got to Iowa. There have been times where older folks have literally ran away from me clutching their purse and things you hear on the bus.. Or hear in general. I think part of it is due to the fact that I now attend a university and no longer a private fine arts college. I can see more prominently how my body affects certain people that, for the most part, come from surrounding, rural, Midwest places. Then there’s the fact that within the art departments I am one of 2 latino students in the ENTIRE Arts college. The only gay latino, basically, when I think about such a question yeah it can be a tad bit depressing, but I’ve always thought of my ethnicity and sexuality as just factors of who I am. I am not entirely define by my ethnicity, lifestyle or sexuality. I hope this helps, thank you for the question.
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