SHOLE, HOUD, FURNI, god, so many freaking abbreviations. It’s like chemistry all over again.
SOIL, SIML, SCHE, SCHLMN. >> Little cousin Matty? >> Hey, Jessie! >> Hi, it’s so good to see you. >> Good to see you too. Actually, it’s just Matt now, nobody calls me little Matty anymore. >> I can see that, Mr. Grownup. What’s the thing growing on your upper lip? >> Hey, I just shaved like two days ago. >> Sure you did, what does Auntie Iris think of it? >> Mom absolutely hates it, calls it a snot mop. >> [LAUGH] >> She made me shave it for senior pictures, and Dad calls me Magnum PI. >> [LAUGH] >> Some old TV show, he thinks he’s funny or something. >> Your parents are the best. >> They have their moments.
I think I’m ready to move out, you know? >> I completely understand, and I’m so excited you’re coming to Purdue in the fall >> Yeah, you’re gonna be a senior, right? >> Yep, my last year here if all goes as planned. >> Whatever, Miss Valedictorian. >> Well, that’s one thing you’re gonna have to prepare yourself for. Purdue’s a little tougher than Deer Lick community. >> Yeah, and a little bigger. I mean, this thing is as confusing as the map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. >> Fortunately, my best friend, Maggie is meeting us here and she’s amazing. She gives tours as a student ambassador and she knows this campus better than anyone.
>> Well, that’s good, because compared to our hometown, this place is like ginormous. Did you have any trouble figuring it out your first semester? >> It took a while, And there’s also adjusting to a new kind of environment. >> What do you mean? >> Well, how many people are in your senior class, 55, 60? >> 63. >> And you grew up with them, from kindergarten on you were in youth group together, did 4H, played sports, and you’re all very similar. >> What do you mean, like we’re all rural, simple country folk? >> [LAUGH] No, white, you’re all white. >> Whoa, that doesn’t bother me. Look, I get it, Purdue’s diverse, but I’m cool with all cultures. >> You are?
>> Yeah, favorite artist Jay-Z, favorite athlete LeBron, favorite food, Chinese. And I took four years of Spanish class, boom. >> That’s nice, but it’s not that simple. >> What do you mean? >> You listen to Jay-Z, but have you ever had a conversation with a black person? >> Well- >> I hadn’t either until I came to Purdue. So, like you, the only thing I knew about people who weren’t white came from TV, sports, music, or the news.
I cringe when I think back to how I used to act sometimes. >> Like what? >> So okay, one example. One night I was withdrawing money from the ATM and a black guy came up behind me. And immediately all the stereotypes about blacks as criminals come flooding into my mind. And I’m scared, so scared that I grab the money as soon as the ATM spits it out and take off. Leaving my bank card in the machine >> He took your card, didn’t he? How much did he steal? >> None, he did take my card. Then he looked me up in the student directory, sent me an e-mail, and I got the card back the next day.
>> Why did you think he’d stolen the money? >> Well, he had your card and I, and- >> And he was black. >> That is not, no, I, I didn’t say- >> I know, you made an assumption based on a stereotype, just like I did. >> I didn’t even think, it just popped into my head.
That’s terrible, does that make me a racist? >> No, it means that, in the absence of knowledge, you rely on stereotypes. I’ve done the same thing more than once. >> You have? >> And I felt guilty, bad. That’s not the kind of person I thought I was, not the kind of person I wanna be. I’m assumed I was better than that. I didn’t like feeling bad about myself, so I decided to avoid any situation where that could happen. I stuck with my own kind. >> Did it help? >> Of course not, silly. It was a big mistake, it was the exact opposite of what I should have done. >> Okay.
>> If you’re ignorant about something, does it help to just ignore it and hope it goes away? >> No. >> Exactly, you need to surround yourself with students from different backgrounds and cultures to change the way you think. You need to talk to people and actually get to know them. So that when you encounter a black man at an ATM, you don’t think of the same stereotypical black criminal portrayed on TV. You think of your friend, Vince in your bio class. Do you understand? >> Yeah, I got it. >> This might seem overwhelming, but after Maggie’s tour you’ll have the campus down like this, no problem.
The real challenge isn’t how you navigate campus, it’s how you navigate your relationships, especially with students who are different than you. It takes work, it’s not like you can just flip a switch and all the stereotypes embedded in your 18 year old mind will instantly disappear. >> Hey, it’s a 19 year old mind. >> [LAUGH] Even more challenging. Believe me, it takes practice. But over time, you’ll learn to think about people differently, and not based on stereotypes. And you might meet some really incredible people you otherwise wouldn’t. >> Jess, you didn’t tell me you had a much older brother. >> Hahaha, Maggie, this is my little cousin Matt, just Matt. >> Nice to meet you.
>> Nice to meet you, too. >> Or you can call him Magnum. >> Come on. >> [LAUGH] >> So, are you ready for the tour? >> Are you, are you ready?