I saw myself going to a university out-of-state living in a dorm, joining clubs and learning from distinguished faculty. To eventually have this experience without the major expenses, I committed myself to what I never planned to do.
My mother speaks broken English. Whether it is placing an order over the phone or asking for directions, my mother hides behind my undoubtedly American accent to not risk embarrassment in this country. The issues of immigration and cultural assimilation have been at the forefront of my upbringing.