Term Paper: Narrative

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[. . .] I have lived in the United States for five years. Yet even before I came to the United States, it was customary for me to live amongst many people of many different competing belief systems and values. I came, not judging harshly from a solitary cultural tradition, but with open eyes to the possibilities diversity can yield.

Some of the things that were most difficult to adjust to in the United States might not be immediately obvious to a native-born resident. For instance, when I first came to the United States, I was struck by the fast pace of things here. Everyone wanted everything -- right now, if not sooner! Even waiting in line for so much as a hamburger in a drive-through seemed to tax the patience of the average American driver. I was used to waiting in line in Lebanon, and taking my time to get to different places. But I was also struck by the friendliness of ordinary individuals on the streets of America. People smiled much more in America than I was accustomed to see at home, on the street. I felt welcomed from the very outset, but perhaps in a slightly superficial fashion. Are people really this happy, I wondered?

It was much harder adjusting over a long period of time, as I gradually came to grips with some of the prejudices, innocent and otherwise, individuals had about my nation of origin. I began to gradually realize that I was no longer fully Lebanese or American in my orientation in the world. This has been a great advantage to me in some ways. I feel privileged to be part of both an old nation and a relatively new nation. I feel that my perspective as a human being is richer from living in two different countries, and appreciating the wealth, bounty, and opportunities present in America, as well as appreciating the rich and troubled culture I have left behind.

However, with this added perspective also comes a sense of loneliness. Of course, I am hardly the first individual to come to America, seeking a new life and a new identity through education. But the small nation I come from is not one with a secure place in the world community. Thus, sometimes I feel I have left a place, and not established a secure place in my new nation -- yet I do not have a sure and certain place to travel back to, either on the globe, or within myself.

Being a student is often a difficult period in anyone's life. A student is always learning new things, and having his or her intellectual balance slightly offset by the many things he or she is learning on a daily basis. Constantly I ask myself what my future personal and professional place will be in the world. Yet, as a former resident of Lebanon, I am also always asking exactly how I should regard my past and my ethnic identity in regards to the new identity I am forging in the United States. This constant questioning taxes the mind, and is a difficult and emotionally draining process. Yet, like the difficult and demanding process of learning anything in the world, I know that it will make me a stronger and better student of my life, after I leave the university community and embark upon my future -- wherever that may be. [END OF PREVIEW]

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