So, this is the fourth time I’ve tried to post this blog. Hopefully it goes through this time. I discovered in class on Thursday that my initial post didn’t submit, so I tried again, just in time for my computer to crash, and then my internet went down during attempt #3!
America, to me, is all about diversity. Whether you refer to it as a “melting pot”, “salad bowl”, “ice cream sundae”, or any other similar analogy, the US is essentially a combination of tons of different types of people, forming one common entity, while still being individual components. Not everyone in these subcultures has the same experiences while being part of this bigger thing known as “America”, but this diversity is what makes America truly “American.”
While thinking about this diversity, I think of my own life, both at home and here at Temple. My township (and therefore my high school) at home is pretty diverse, actually, with fairly similar demographics to that of Temple. Among the 43,323 people residing in my township, and the 34,696 students attending Temple, the demographic makeup is as follows: 70% white at home, 57% white at Temple; 10% African American at home, 15% at Temple; 12% Asian/Pacific Islander at home, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander at Temple, etc. Based on these statistics (gathered from the 2010 US Census) and my experiences throughout my public school years, my community at home is much more diverse than many other areas around the US, even in the Philadelphia region. All in all, I’m pretty used to being surrounded by this diversity, and I think this is clear in the people that I call my friends. Therefore, for this assignment, I’m simply posting a few pictures of some of my friends, both from home and college, because we break all racial, ethnic, and religious boundaries, which is essentially what I think sets America apart from nearly any other nation in the world.
Above are two of my best friends from high school; one is African American, and the other is Jewish.
This was my honors English class during senior year of high school. I believe we collectively spoke 5 different languages fluently, and have recent ancestry from around 10 countries around the world.
The above two pictures are just a few of my friends here at Temple. I’m actually a minority among my college friends by being white.
I could have posted many more photos, but I think these few get the point across. I’ve grown up in a fairly diverse neighborhood, and have, in turn, become very close friends with a wide variety of people. This is probably not possible in many other countries, and for that, I believe America is “American” because of its diversity.