When this writer was thirteen, her parents moved us to the state of Iowa. It was quite the experience, especially since I’d only lived in La for my entire life and I found out for the first time what a state’s stereotype was all about. The one year I lived in Iowa happened to coincide with the immense popularity of the Adam Sandler La-based comedy, “The Water Boy.” The movie obviously goes to extremes poking fun at south Louisiana bayou communities but it’s pretty funny nonetheless. Anyway I was shocked with how many other students (I was one of two students out of hundreds at my school who were from the South) and other Iowa residents who would really ask us if Louisiana was like that movie – grilled baby alligators and all. Well, it definitely opened my eyes to what people can believe that they haven’t seen for themselves and also that I’d do my best not to believe stereotypes.