Quick Link: Third Culture Kids, College, and Culture Shock
I wrote this week at A Life Overseas about observations my kids and I made last summer while on college tours in the upper midwest of the US.
We saw some funny things. And some awesome things. And learned a ton.
Here’s a start:
Girls wear sport shorts, tight and short sport shorts, or pajamas (dressed to impress?).
Minnesotans play a lot of hockey and broomball.
If you grow up in a country with no snow or ice, you don’t know what broomball is (it is okay to ask, get used to asking).
TCKs are the only seniors in a room who have to clarify the question, “Where are you from?” (do you mean where was I born? where my passport says I’m from? where I go to school? where I keep most of my belongings? where I stay every few years in the summer? where my parents pay taxes and will get in-state tuition? where I came from just this morning?).
There are a lot of white people in the Midwest, especially in rural areas (notice, my kids are also white, but they barely realize it. What this means is that the color of a person’s skin tells you very little of their actual history and story. Ask questions, listen, be slow to judge).
Parents and students respond with more excitement to the prospect of a Starbucks on campus (as opposed to all the way across the street) than they do to a $15 YEARLY membership at a club that provides bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, sports equipment, and intramural teams to join. Or than they do to pretty much every other thing mentioned on tour. Starbucks is very important.
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