I know starting university can be a great hassle; living in a different location, having to make new friends and adapting to a new educational environment. This is why knowing who you are and embracing your culture can very important. Culture has a lot of aspects to it. Its not just about what language you speak, its about codes of conduct, dressing, religion, rituals, traditions and belief systems. So for instance if you were raised to wear a hijab, it might be easy to think that because you are now in university and you are “free”, you can then ditch the cover up and start to wear minimal clothing. It is always best to stay true to who you are, except of course if the hijab really is not who you are and was just being forced upon you. A lot of the time what happens when people start university is that they begin to lose their morals and this can happen very easily especially if you don’t know who you really are
But the thing about finding yourself is that is that you learn something new everyday. University was an excellent experience for me because I lost myself, found myself and lost myself again and to be honest I’m still in the process of finding myself. Also with everything happening in the world today, all the racism especially in countries like America, it can be very easy for one to feel lost, inferior or even just plain angry! #BlackLivesMatter
But I heard someone say something on one of my favorite talk shows called ‘Moments’ that really stuck with me. He said, “I might not be better than anyone but no one is better than me”. This quote really just sums up my message for this post because we all need to understand that no culture, race or individual is better than the other and you have to be confident enough in your own beliefs for people to even take you seriously.
However with that being said it is important for us to be sensitive towards other cultures and be open minded especially when trying to start university in such a diverse learning environment. Failure to do so can make you close yourself up to different experiences, perspectives and ultimately; growth because diversity is very important in the world we live in today. Although there are still many instances of ignorance for instance in my country; Nigeria we have 3 main cultures namely Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa even though we have a large number of various other cultures. There is still a lot of tribalism, as many people still don’t want their children to marry outside their ethnic group.
This is due to fear and because some cultures believe that other cultures have very repugnant practices. For example many Yoruba families don’t like their children to marry people from the East because many Igbo people still believe that women should not be allowed to inherit properties and so on and Igbo people are also likely to marry within their ethnic group because they have a better understanding of why those practices are in place, although the situation is getting better due to the increasing amount of intercultural marriages.
In my opinion it is important to be open-minded and make friends across different cultures, however when it comes to marriage I would personally still prefer someone from my culture because I believe we’ll have more of the same values and belief system
s. But to be honest you just never know what might happen!
Until next time Folks.