Today I read on article on yahoo that was talking about how the next season of America's Next Top Model is going to be a college themed season. College girls all over the country auditioned and they finally picked the girls. So as I was reading it, one of the girls stood out to me. Her name is Maria, she is twenty-two years old and is from Las Cruces, New Mexico. She stood out to me because Las Cruces, New Mexico is a city that is right next to El Paso, Texas, which is where I'm from.It is a small city that comes out in the news only once in a while and only because of the violence that happens across the border from in our neighbor city of Cd. Juatrez, Mexico. But Las Cruces and El Paso are kind of two cities meshed into one.
El Paso is a city that is very different from most of the cities in the United States. The minorities in this country are the majority in this small city. Since we are a border city, there are many people from Mexico and also from Latin America. Not only that, but this city is so distinct that there are a many people who do not speak English because people can manage to get by with Spanish. But some of the things that some people do not find so exciting about this city is that there really aren't many attractions or entertainment as other types of big cities would have. And we are in the desert with many mountains surrounding us. In my political class in college, we were discussing how El Paso, Texas is not only geographically isolated but also isolated from the rest of the United States because of the variety and different kind of culture that is found within this small city.
I have met various people who do not think of El Paso very highly because it is very contrasting to the American culture, and it doesn't really have something that would attract people to visit it. Therefore, I am very glad and happy to see someone from this region, such as Maria, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, get out there and demonstrate what the people from this area of the country are able to do.