Race, ethnicity, and gender are all contributing factors that make individuals unique and different. Throughout this paper, I will be analyzing my values, beliefs and traditions, how I identify myself, and my attitude on diversity. I identify with a Pacific Islander background with the ethnicities of Samoan and Chamorro. I grew up in a low income community in San Diego, California and identify as a minority. My family raised my siblings and I on the foundations of God, family, and education. My parents stressed these foundations to ensure we would never forget where we came from and those that helped us along the way. Both my maternal and paternal grandparents came from the islands of Guam and Samoa. My mother and father were raised on the island traditions to respect all living things but most importantly their elders. My parents met in highschool and had my older sister and I at a very young age; they struggled to grow as individuals and provide for us early on. This allowed my family to become very close and have to depend on one another.
Growing up, my father was the decision maker of the family. My mother was a stay at home mom and raised the kids while my dad served twenty-seven years in the United States Navy. It was always clear with my family that the women stay home and take care of the kids, while the man of the house works and supports the family financially. When it came to finances and discipline my father was in charge. As a kid, I knew my mom was a lot easier on us and my dad was the hard headed one, he called it tough love. When it came to looking for guidance, I would immediately go to my mother. She was not only my mother, she was my best friend. Our relationship was special and I could tell her anything. When I was little, my mom always told me to bet on myself 100% of the time and to always try my best in everything I do. This has stayed with me till this day and has allowed me to overcome injuries and obstacles that have forced me to step away from football and begin developing on my own and truly find myself. I define myself as being independent, loyal, and strong. I have endured many hard times in my life and I know it has shaped me to be a strong resilient person. My independence is what makes me unique from most people. Ever since I was in high school, I have taken care of myself and always felt the need to do everything on my own. Because of this