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5 Things To Know About A Black Person Who Went To Prep School In New Hampshire – #5

Her Experience Is Not Exactly Like Anyone Else’s

So I’ve been having a bit of fun with these posts today.  But the most important thing to know about Black People Who Went to Prep School in New Hampshire is that while it is a shared experience everyone goes through something different.

All Black people are not the same and not all Black experiences are either.

5 Things To Know About A Black Person Who Went To Prep School In New Hampshire – #4

She Had A Hard Time Finding A Place To Get Her Hair Done

This certainly probably applies more to girls than boys.  But while I lived in Brownsville there were several places for me to get my hair done within walking distance.  In Concord the nearest Black salon was about an hour away.  I spent most of my time at SPS with my hair in a state my mother called – “not done”.  I just had to get over having to keep my hair a certain way.  It was more sleep or curled hair.  Sleep always won.

5 Things To Know About A Black Person Who Went To Prep School In New Hampshire – #3

She Wanted To Learn Everything About Her Heritage

Being in New Hampshire made me keenly aware of my race so it forced me to think about who I am and how I came to be.  Shout out of thanks to Ms. Carter who ran the only African-American history seminar.  (Her reading list was ridiculous but I finished it.)

Nothing’s more comforting than knowing where you come from when you’re out of your comfort zone.