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    A foreignerMar 4, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I am an international student from Latin America, learned English as my third language and could not disagree more with you.
    Coming here to Texas, to Trinity, has been culture shock after culture shock; I often have no idea who an artist is or what the heck “prom” is. When “white people” find out about this of course they act surprised since it’s their culture! But I’m the one being exposed to this new world, and I’ll make an effort to explore it and get to know it! I have never been “attacked” cause I haven’t seen “La La Land” or heard some indie rock song. On the contrary, Trinity students have helped me learn this new culture, and for that I am grateful.
    Of course I listen to more music in Spanish, of course I am more invested in Latino than American culture. But that does not mean I am unable to open my arms to learn about “white culture”.
    In terms of language, yep, I also learned English surrounded by native speakers. I struggled to pick up such a different language from Spanish, and my American friends would constantly correct me whenever I mispronounced. But so what? I did the exact same when THEY learned how to speak Spanish, and their corrections helped me become a better English speaker as a result. It still happens even today, haha, I often mispronounce in my classes and my friends correct me there too. And you know what I do? I take their advice at face value and thank them for it.
    I just want to finish by drawing an interesting parallel. The school I studied in growing up was FULL of American immigrants (or expats as they’re often called). These people were in a foreign country, learning a completely new language and culture. Sound familiar? Many struggled to adapt to their new environment, to learn simple things like how to ask where the bathroom was and who the national soccer champions were. They were often completely dumbfounded when people used local slang or talked about the latest episode of “La Rosa de Guadalupe”. But they prevailed and learned, and in doing so opened their eyes to a new culture and place to call home. Through this, my non-American friends and I also learned plenty about American culture; it was a win-win for everyone. What they didn’t do, was stick to their own cultural bubble and refuse to open up and learn through, yes, often embarrassing trial and error. But THAT’S what you do when faced with a culture different from your own.
    (For the record, people at Trinity ask me about my culture every single day. I’ve been asked about my country’s music, our food, our movies, our sports. Trinity has been incredibly open to hear about my home, and I am 100% certain that other international students will say the same.)

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