Tell Me How Being A Part Of A Cultural Group In High School Or College Impacted You In Some Way

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In high school and college, students join cultural groups for various reasons.

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If you're unfamiliar with what a cultural group is: it's a club that students join in school to bring awareness and gain appreciation of a specific culture.

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I'm Italian-American, so in school, I was a part of the Italian club. Based on my experience, being a member of this club really helped strengthen my love for the culture, learn from others, and ultimately celebrate our background together through different events and volunteer work.

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I'm turning to the BuzzFeed Community to ask: if you were a student who joined a cultural group or organization in high school or college, why did you join it and how did it impact your life?

Maybe you joined a group that allowed you to network and connect with alumni in your career field of choice, making the post-graduation job hunt a bit more manageable.

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Or maybe you loved being a part of your club so much that it inspired you to move somewhere after graduation where there is a big influx of your culture.

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Maybe you joined a historically Black fraternity or sorority that provided an immediate sense of community and gateway into friendships that have lasted to this day.

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Whatever the reasoning is, I'd love to hear how a cultural group or organization impacted or changed your life. Tell me about it in the comments below — and upload a photo, if you'd like! — or in this anonymous form.

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Some responses might be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.

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