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much talking, wasn't as outgoing or as active as I was in the SALSA group, because there wasn't
a lot of Latin or Hispanic people in the Christian association. I was the only Hispanic in there."
Despite his earlier assertion that he is moving away from his culture, the Family Doctor
continues to identify with the Hispanic or Latino culture and sees it as an important and integral
part of his life today. "You shouldn't be embarrassed of where you come from. That's what this
degree gave me. I'm Hispanic, that's my culture. I'm a physician, and I represent my culture
wherever I go. Be proud of it where you go." It seems the culture the Family Doctor wants to
move away from may be his family culture, not the Hispanic or Latino culture.
I Wanted a Different Life
Motivation can be the difference between success and failure. For the Family Doctor,
motivation came in many forms, but from his earliest remembrance, his parents were an external
motivator, pushing him to focus on education as the key to a better life. As the Family Doctor
grew older, he saw the poverty and disadvantages that his family endured because of his parents'
lack of education and lack of opportunities. Eventually, these external factors provided an
internal motivation for the Family Doctor to seek a better life. This is also evidenced in coding
from the supermap, where personal perceptions and goals, which can be seen as motivation,
accounted for the second most frequent occurrence on the supermap with 72 cells coded as
personal perceptions and goals. This is also evident in the theme for this section. "Anything in
my parents' lives-how they grew, how they worked and then maybe just that I didn't want to
see myself doing. I wanted a different life."
The Family Doctor saw the toll of poverty and limited education reflected throughout his
community, and he realized that higher education was the key to financial independence. "When
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