Tricia Ann Arbolado
Professor Walker Weimer
9 / 7 / 2014
"D I V E R G E N T"
I was fifteen years old, I moved from Philippines to United States. I was thrilled when my Dad told me that I have the opportunity to attend college in America, from a Philippine private school to a huge American Community college, from a distinct culture to another. I had signed up for my classes, my own schedule, everything is all on me. The entire first day of class was provocative. Divergent people, races and age; no dress codes, no uniform, so people had piercings, tattoos and pink hair!.Everything was utterly diverse to my vision. I felt jittery. I had no choice but to speak English, I was struggling communicating back then, afraid that people might make fun of me. My Mom's word kept playing on my head "Kaya mo yan!" or "You can do it!" .
Majoring in Tourism and Hospitality, I had classmates from all around the world. As I walk through my classroom, browsing where should I place myself, I decided to sit down near the aisle. I love meeting new people, I thought maybe I should make new friends!. "Hello, How are you today? I'm Tricia" "Hi, I'm fine thank you! I'm Yuumi" .I made my first college friend. Yuumi was a 20year old Japanese student, after a while, we found out we have similar interest and It turned out we are all in the same boat. I felt less nervous. Classes began, nobody was talking, everybody was attentive. Our Professor arrived early. Her name was Vivvienne Sario,
an elegant and sweet lady. The first task she assigned us to do was introduce and say a little something interesting about...