Culture Clashing: A Lifetime Of Adapting To An American Life
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Culture Clashing: A Lifetime Of Adapting To An American Life

Growing up in two very different cultures can be difficult, but extremely rewarding.

195
Culture Clashing: A Lifetime Of Adapting To An American Life
Personal Photo

I was struggling to come up with something to write about this week. Mindlessly scrolling through my camera roll, there was a picture that made me realize I have an interesting point of view.

Last Friday, I ~officially~ became a United States citizen after living in the US since I was only two months old. Also, March 1st is Bosnian-American Day in the state of Georgia. So, I decided to write about my two worlds colliding. I was born in Croatia to two amazing humans and brought to Atlanta. Ever since then, it has been all about embracing two very different cultures, while not losing any part of myself.

As a young girl, I always immersed in my Bosnian culture. I went to the Sunday school classes at our community center and was a member of our traditional dance team for 9 years, quitting only to go to college. My friends were all Bosnian. We only listened to Bosnian music. We only hung out with other Bosnian people. We giggled when the American kids couldn't understand what we were saying in Bosnian. It had never occurred to me that I had never embraced being an American until my sophomore or junior year of high school. I didn't do anything American. I didn't watch football -- I watched soccer and tennis. I didn't listen to American music -- I listened to Bosnian music. I didn't call myself an American -- I called myself a Bosnian, loud and proud to anyone that would listen.

During the summer of 2015, I went back to Bosnia. This was when I fully realized how isolated I kept myself from the non-Bosnian people in my life. In America, I'm the Bosnian girl. But in Bosnia, I'm not the Bosnian girl -- I'm the American. At first, it bothered me. I didn't know why my cousins were calling me American when I obviously spoke Bosnian and did all the "Bosnian things". Then, I realized that I LIVE IN AMERICA, OF COURSE I'M AMERICAN.

Since then, I started listening to more American music. I started watching football. I knew that I wanted to go to a big, SEC university. I applied to two schools: Bama and Georgia. It does not get more American than that. I rushed a sorority (G Phi till I die). I LOVE Migos (seriously, ask anyone).

While growing my American culture, I kept up with my Bosnian culture. I still jam out to my Bosnian playlist (#MotherlandJamz #IfYouKnowYouKnow), I go to Bosnian concerts, I have Bosnian friends all over the US.

The last 18 years have been a learning experience and the rest of my life will be one. It's not easy to balance two very different worlds, but I wouldn't have it any other way.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

61358
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

39955
loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets
StableDiffusion

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less
Adulting

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

960908
Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

204555
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments