Hi, I am Crystal. Welcome to my Crystal Clear Tips blog post series! I was a J-1 high school student when I first came to the U.S. from China. I have since grown from a teenager to an independent adult; I have grown from being unexposed to being multi-cultural and mature. There is so much to learn about the world and myself throughout my time in the U.S.
Now that you are in the U.S. and there are differences around you, you may be thinking to yourself “this is not how it is done in my country”. It is hard to open your mind and expose yourself to something that you are not used to. Additionally, cultural differences can make it even harder for us to appreciate values that we have not been exposed to previously.
I have a story to share about my personal growth. When I lived in China, topics surrounding the LGBTQ population were something that nobody talked about at the dinner table. It was something that people considered wrong or against mainstream society. Because of this, when I first came over to the U.S., I was shocked that so many people were working on gay rights and LGBTQ equality campaigns. I have learned that it is not right or wrong to obey the traditional gender roles, it is just personal preference. After having personal connections with friends who are involved in the LGBTQ community, I realized that I had a sheltered view which caused my thoughts to be heavily biased.
Based on my experience, I have a few suggestions:
Being open-minded can bring you a positive attitude, new friends, and fun cultural experiences. Check out more of Crystal’s tips to live with mindfulness in the U.S.!
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