[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/07/15/sotomayor.college/art.sotomayor.princeton.2.jpg caption="At Princeton, Sotomayor co-founded the student group Accion Puertorriquena and spoke out about Latino issues. "]
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN
Sixteen years ago, after I wrote a memoir about my experience as a Latino in the Ivy League, I got a call from a retired Jewish obstetrician who saw his reflection in my words.
A book about being a Chicano at Harvard in the 1980s had stirred memories of being one of the few Jewish students at the University of Southern California in the 1930s.
Now, I feel like calling Sonia Sotomayor, although I realize that her schedule is crowded this week in light of the Senate confirmation hearings for the nominee to the Supreme Court.
I'd like Sotomayor to know that, even though she arrived at Princeton University in 1972 (the year I started kindergarten), I have a good idea what she went through in college - and, later, at Yale Law School - because many Latinos who later traveled that road experienced the same thing.
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