By Devan Zenuk |
Looking around as I stepped out of the airport I didn’t feel the rush of excitement or the unease of being so far from home like most of my peers. Instead I felt the sense of nostalgia that comes with being at a childhood home. In a way I was home.
Coming from both the formal European Union and the free-spirited U.S. has given me a different outlook from my peers. Having spent part of my childhood in Europe, I find that I have adopted some of its customs Americans find unusual.
For my peers, eating French fries with mayo and a fork is an exciting and unusual cultural change. For me, it’s something I do without a thought. I didn’t realize it was strange till people began to comment on it.
The merging of the two different cultures I have grown up with can be tedious as I don’t completely relate to either culture. People who have grown up in different cultures are used to walking the thin line between both customs, bringing a fresh multicultural outlook to the world.
Though some of our peers may find certain things we do peculiar it is no more than a product of our upbringing, gaining little more attention than the peculiarity of someone wearing pants in the hot Texas summers.
For Elisabeth George, a Baylor senior, her preference to clothing is more of the formal and fitted style that Europeans wear. At Baylor its normal for students to dress more casually often wearing sports clothing to school.
Europe is known to be a more reserved society compared to America, whether being politically correct or adhering to proper etiquette. Much like Cotillion in the U.S., European children have manners drilled into them from a young age. The only difference here being that it would be considered rude in European society if you didn’t use it in everyday life.
Walking the thin line between two cultures is something not many will get to experience. In this regard I am lucky to have grown up the way I did. While it may make it harder to fully relate to any one culture, it is easy to understand where each is coming from and why it does things the way it does.