I think it would be very beneficial for me to meet a fellow classmate or student who is experiencing this shift for the first time in their life, perhaps someone who has come to the United States from somewhere in Central or South America with a language other than English.
The reason I feel this would be beneficial is that I moved to the United States when I was still a child, so many of the new cultural experiences I had have been lost in the carefree childhood of a young boy constantly playing in his makeshift lab within the family home. To see how this new culture is affecting someone else’s growth would be very enlightening to me. I would remember things that had surprised me regarding other people when we first moved here and I would see how these things helped to modify the other student’s behavior as they learned to assimilate into North American society. In many ways, I think that would help me to realize how my own personality and life has been shaped by my living in the United States. At the same time, I realize many people in the United States still tend to view people from the further south with a certain degree of prejudice, which was something I, too, had to overcome at one time. In being able to witness this in a student new to the experience, I would be further able to understand some of my own prejudices and how they have formed a part of who I am today. As a child, freshly moved to a new country from Taiwan, I had many new experiences to understand and not many friends to help me with them.