PCV Deshell Cole

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I’m sure people think there are several commonalities between Deshell and I, that may be true but what neither of us can deny is that we are the only two black people in this incoming business sector. Out of 43 people, there are no black males. There is only us. When we first met for Staging in Miami, Florida, I remember thinking she is completely different from me but being so glad to see her. Yet, several hours later someone thought I was her. Weeks into training and another volunteer called me her name. To us, the differences are quite clear, from our personality, to complexion and hair but to others they only see a black girl, in a foreign land. My first instinct was to be angry and offended but the more I get to know Deshell, the more I don’t mind at all. I couldn’t pick a better person to swap identities with. She is truly unique. I think you’ll enjoy this little glimpse.. Ladies and Gents.. meet Deshell. 
Volunteer Profile:
Name: Deshell Cole
Age: 26

PC: Business Sector
University of North Florida, Bachelors Business Administration, International Business, Minor: Spanish
Fun Fact:
I dress up all the time. it’s really hard for me to be bummy. Like being wrinkled is a major problem to me.
Why did you join the Peace Corps?
I joined because I wanted to do something extraordinary. I wanted to do something to make an impact on others lives and, for myself, self growth. I could learn a different language and a different culture.

What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned about Nicaragua?
I can’t say that anything really surprised me, as they were pretty upfront about what we would see and experience here.

What is one thing you hope to gain from the Peace Corps?
I hope to gain lifelong memories of making an impact. I hope I create true change and then I hope I keep in touch with these people. I’m not going to be here forever and when I go home, I want to be able to look back and know I made true friends and have an extended family.

What is one thing you miss about America?
I miss my freedom of feeling more independent and driving in my car. I also miss communication, free of barriers.

If you could bring one person with you on this PC journey, who would it be? Why?
I would say my sister or two of my close friends. I wish they could come so we could see a different scene together. Having someone who knows you and completely understands you would make it easier. It can be difficult to explain it to someone else.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I ate a soup here, with an actual fish. It was a whole fish, with the eyeballs and all. I ate around it but I have never had anything like that before.

If you could bring one character to life from your favorite book, who would it be?

I like to learn so normally the books I read are more educational, geared toward life tools, biographies, and world history and there is definitely no one I would like to bring to life from those books. However, the last book I read was the “Millionaire Next Door.” It’s a book teaching you that the people who have wealth and are millionaires are not the people living in mansions and wearing the latest fashions. To get your first million you can’t live this lavish life, you have to save. When I was young, I used to love reading Junie B. Jones books though.

Do you believe honesty is the best policy?

In some cases, yea. I think it’s just good to be honest with people and not beat around the bush. Sometimes, too much honesty can hurt other people. So you may need to keep it to yourself. You just have to pick your battles. If too much honesty is going to hurt another person then I think you should just be quiet. Just being an honest person in general is important. People respect you more if you’re just honest.

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