Anyone work at a midsize to big law firm in an office with no other Black people? If you do, how did you end up connecting well with your partners and colleagues?

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The first thing did was find a workplace that wanted me and respected me as a person of color. Being the "only" one meant that I always stood out and it was tough because I felt alone. However, I did realize that I should not focus on the differences, so I embraced our similarities instead.

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Find something in common. Find out what they are interested and be intentional with connecting with them in a genuine fashion.

If the partners play golf, I highly suggest you invest in lessons and learn. Especially early in your career.

Don’t get left out when they ask you to join and you are not prepared to play. Be honest and let them know you are taking lessons. They don’t expect you to be PGA but they will respect the fact you are doing it and it shows you will do whatever it takes.

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I grew up around a lot of white privileged kids and went to an Ivy league so I just know how to navigate those kinds of relationships. I try to be genuine to myself while finding commonalities but never, NEVER, change up who you are or your interests because it will backfire on you

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Common enemy is the easiest way to human connection lol. I thought I was joking but that might be it….

Shared experiences too. Like there’s only two people my year in my group so we’ve become pretty close.

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When you get invited to be social, take them up on it. You will meet a few ppl who will go to bat for you.

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