Established in 1985 by the Quakers, Friendswood, Texas is a town just south of Houston that is currently on the list of CNN’s top 100 places to live. However, per UrbanDictionary.com, Friendswood, Texas is a “stuck-up rich white town located between Houston and Galveston that consists of white people who think they are the sh*t”(Friendswood). That definition, unfortunately, is how most people in surrounding cities view Friendswood and how I have been stereotyped my whole life. Growing up in Friendswood, I went to an exemplary school district, lived in a nice house, and had loving parents. Overall, Friendswood was an excellent and safe place to be raised. Once I reached high school, however, I began to realize the stereotype that other people placed on my friends and me. Before school football games, when tensions and excitement ran high, we would be looked down on and often called names for living in a higher end area. People saw us as spoiled brats who never worked for anything, but they are wrong. While some may have nice houses and many attend nice colleges later in life, it is not handed to them. Many Friendswood parents work very hard to provide their children with a nice lifestyle, and instill that same work ethic in their children. They show their children the importance of education and having a good job to be able to support themselves on their own one day. Friendswood, Texas is indeed a nice area filled with hard-working people who earn the nice houses and designer clothes that they may or may not own.
Overall, the stereotype of Friendswood is harsh. While there is some basis to it, as we are a mainly Caucasian and well-off area, the conceptions made because of that are nowhere near true. Our parents work to support us and to provide us with a nice childhood, and instill a work ethic in us so that we may do the same in the future. Any town that you go to there will be spoiled children, and the number of them does not increase so dramatically when you enter Friendswood. Residents of Friendswood are not all drug doers and party goers, but rather the majority are hardworking individuals who focus on their future and maintain a job and good grades. Every town has those children who are in the wrong crowd, but just as with the number of spoiled kids, it does not go up when you enter Friendswood. Rather, students who graduate from Friendswood tend to go on to further their education and receive a well-paying job, thus allowing them to provide the same lifestyle for their future children as their parents did for them.
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