Change has an unsettling power that can scare most individuals. For those who commute between different environments on a daily basis, change may range from “seeing a pregnant mother pushing a stroller with a five year old by her side, [to seeing] a white lady jogging, with a white, well-groomed poodle by her side.” Change means difference, and for author Valeria Pereira, change comes in the form of different socio-economic environments. Between attending an expensive private school and living in Lennox, CA, Pereira learned the significance of dissimilarity. It was that experience, however, that aided her in overcoming her educational and family struggles; and ultimately placing her where her fate met ability, Loyola Marymount University.

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