It is funny to know that the girl made an assumption so fast. Well, the important thing is the experience I guess. I am sure it changed your perspective over the years about stereotypes.
I did my master’s in Auburn, AL and I had to laugh when you said you wore your “Yankee” identity as a badge of honor. There were times while I was living in the South that I was very proud to be able to separate myself from the stereotypical Southerner.
I know exactly what you mean! Growing up in Oklahoma myself, people even out here in Virginia give you looks when you say you are from Oklahoma. What’s even funnier is that a lot of people from Oklahoma will tell you that Oklahoma is not “in the south”. Also, not trying to call you out or bring you down, but aren’t you putting that girl in a box when you talk about her being from an ivy league school? It’s hard to get around biases and stereotypes, I know from personal experience.
Thanks for sharing! It’s always rewarding to step back and examine the shoes that we wear and also try to walk in the shoes of others. I know people tend to be very judgmental even if they have no clue about who you are as a person or your circumstances. It’s really unfortunate because so many people miss out on great relationships and experiences due to their rash judgments. Cheers to not boxing up! Let’s appreciate the beauty and richness that we each bring to the table.
Hi Jap! Thank you for sharing your research and allowing us a chance to get to know you a little better. You said that you are a foodie, what are some of your all time favorite dishes to make or eat? I look forward to learning from one another as the class progresses this semester.
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Hi Sam! I am very intrigued by your research focus. To be honest, I am fascinated by the physics of basically everything, Just to give a little background, I have a B.A. in Applied Physics as my goal was to become a biomedical engineer as an undergraduate student, however, my passion for student affairs/higher education became stronger later years of my time as an undergrad student. Thus, I am currently pursuing a master’s in higher education.
Also, moving so frequently, changing schools and meeting new people sure gave you an experience that will certainly be helpful to you as you navigate this course content and your knowledge and understanding of the topics especially on a college campus where you have an opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds and experiences.
Hi Jap, Let me just say that I love you full first name, Japsimran. Jap is also great. I enjoyed learning about your research and program. Very interesting and sounds like it will beneficial for us all to have safe and secure road and lighting structures. I am a FOODIE myself. I am from the Caribbean and I very must enjoy West Indian roti, thanks to my East Indian ancestors. I look forward to learning more about your experiences. I agree, to overcome our biases, we definitely need to be aware of them and then positively and intentionally act to change them. Happy learning!
Hello Sam, I think that the philosophy that you are going to bring into teaching is exactly what more professors should be doing. So, I completely agree with that! Also, I am trying to explore more national parks, as well. Hopefully I will be able to learn some of the experiences you have had and which ones are must-see.
Jap, your research project is so awesome. I love hearing about areas of interest that are different from mine, because I never would have even thought to consider something like that. When I see a traffic signal, its just a plain old traffic signal. But to someone like you, I’m sure it means a whole lot more and I absolutely love the difference in viewpoints! Super cool. Can’t wait to get to know more about you.