“My study abroad experience was absolutely amazing, no doubt, but to say that it was easy would be a lie. Sometimes native Koreans didn’t believe that I was Korean because I was too tan and Americans couldn’t understand why I didn’t use my chopsticks right. Every day I questioned which one of my identities was the one I wanted to represent and I spent a lot of my mental time wondering which identity was the right one.
When I returned home, I was reminded that my identity struggle wasn’t restricted by country lines. Every day I’m reminded that I associate with two different cultures, but every day I’m exploring how those cultures blend into one and represent me. Not me as a Korean, and not me as an American, but me as a human being. I’ve learned that identity isn’t dependent on who your parents are or where you’re from or what people expect of you, but it’s about what you do with your life in relation to those aspects of who you are.” -Jenny, CIEE Seoul, South Korea