Nonetheless, not all the international students like the idea of mingling with domestic students. There is no explanation to such fact, but it happens and it seems as if no one is ready or simply does not care to talk about it. However, I want to talk about it, an international student, named Chengcheng Xiang ’18, has her own thoughts on this issue.
According to Xiang, a foreigner will inherently feel like a foreigner all their life: “They may not be confident in their English. This language barrier stands in their way of mingling with domestic students.” She added that having a cultural similarity with other people makes it easier to find friends, “Living in a foreign country where nobody speaks your native language can be difficult. Personally, I feel insecure about that sometimes. As a result, it is a safe way for international [students] to have their own circle of …show more content…
Even though, there are clearly differences and disadvantages from being an international student to being a domestic student, not all the internationals rebuff the idea of mingling with domestic students. Xiang is a perfect example of being involved on campus, she belongs to BADASS (Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society) and holds a leadership position at the Chinese Language Program organized by Brandeis’s language department.
She also added that in her experience “Asians have a tradition of not speaking up. We have an old common phrase ‘You don’t speak out, you don’t complain.’” Perhaps one of the reasons why none of the international students complain about their disadvantages is also because of how their different culture and upbringing affects their mentality and point of