I Took A DNA Test And I'm Shook To My Core

I Took An Ancestry DNA Test And Frankly, I'm Shook

Despite the bandwagon-y culture and privacy concerns, DNA tests give you a bigger sense of who you are.


Ladies and gentlemen, I regret to inform you that I have given in to the hype: that I took an AncestryDNA test.

But to be fair, it was a Christmas gift. And as someone who has a highly ambiguous ethnic background (and practically the only person in my family who has yet to submit one), I couldn't help but resist finding out about my ancestry.

Before I go on, I should mention why such tests are controversial. There have been conspiracies and allegations in the past that some of the DNA kits' suppliers send your DNA to the federal government. Moreover, there have been some criticism over the accuracy of tests; some users reported that different kits from 23andme, Ancestry, and others have yielded different results.

Prior to taking the test, I always thought of myself to be half-Chinese, a quarter Irish, and then 10 percent or so of Italian and Swiss. But according to the Ancestry DNA test, I was 48% Chinese, 19% Italian, 19% Irish, 9% French, 3% Vietnamese, and 2% Greek.

To put it simply, I was shook.

When I submitted my test, I was afraid that I was going to find out that I wasn't going to be an ethnicity that I've known myself to be for so long. Maybe because I've been watching too many YouTube reactions to peoples' test, but also due to the fact that my maternal grandfather was adopted by mainland Chinese; he was (he's no longer alive) purportedly to be from Taiwan or further southeast in Asia.

That could explain the Vietnamese part, but what's also was shocking was the French part too. This might be attributed to my Swiss heritage, but one of the classes I'm taking this winter is Irish history, which includes many instances of the French aiding the Irish in the 15th century. Needless to say, I was having such an "a-ha" moment here.

So, if you were to ask me about how I feel about DNA tests, I would say give it a try if you're feeling up to it. In terms of accuracy, my results were for the most part were spot-on; I even found some of my cousins from Oregon as DNA matches who also took the test.

DNA tests are a superb way to find out more about yourself, especially if you're ethnically ambiguous like I am. I now have a better understanding of who I am as a person and have found a new pride in my heritage. Though the privacy and inaccuracy concerns are of valid worry, this should not discourage someone who wants answers on who they are.

Popular Right Now

To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The College Experience

A series telling the true experiences of modern day college students.


Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.

They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.

They say that you will meet your future people in college.

What they don't tell you is how much it will hurt.

Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.

Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.

Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.

Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.

They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.

They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.

The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.

Complete strangers will move in and never speak.

You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".

Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.

If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.

College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.

You have to make things easy in order for things to happen.

You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.

It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.

The best way to deal with it all, find someone!

Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.

Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.

Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.

Find someone!

Find your someone, a friend or someone special, to help you make it through everything that life throws at you.

If I had that someone I might have been better off my first year.


Related Content

Facebook Comments