How a Class in College Reshaped My Outlook on “Foreigners”

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The year is 2014

In my very first semester of college, I just arrived at my 9 o’clock MWF class. Of course, the building perches at the pinnacle of the hill. I hustle on into the classroom — Public Speaking 101.

Little did I know, this class would permanently change my perspective on foreign culture in just one week.

Hi, my name is…

As tradition, the first week of class required personal introductions.

Speech, speech, speech

Xi was an international student from Beijing, the capital of China. He’d been in America for about a month.

The first words to come out of his mouth would stay with me to this day.

With his head pinched down and a crooked smile, he said…

Lessons to be learned

There are a couple things to take away from this experience during my first semester of college.

1.) You are a foreigner.

Yes, you. And me. Given that I’ve never traveled outside the country, this realization never crossed my mind. I’m sure a lot of people have never considered themselves to be foreign either.

There is no premise to discriminate against someone who is “foreign.” You might as well hate on someone with the same name as you.

I’ll leave it at that. I won’t rant.

2.) Different is interesting.

In perfect juxtaposition to the previous point, foreign can be attractive.

Foreign = Positive

I learned a powerful lesson on that day, back in fall of ‘14.

Foreign — let’s see this word for what it truly is.

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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