Pictured: SDSU students at the International Student Center’s 2018 graduation ceremony.
Two years ago, there was a question that continuously derailed my hopes and confidence during job applications and interviews:
“Does the U.S. see me as a foreign national attempting to take up university spots and jobs that should be reserved for locals?”
I admit, I went through a stretch in which I grew sad, lonesome and even developed an inferiority complex. Fortunately, I grew out of that phase as I developed myself as a legitimate, contributing professional in San Diego. Occasionally though, such grey thoughts would hover like a dark cloud over my mind, especially after 2016 — with the new wave of political news cycles, immigration debates and the lack of honest, cross-cultural dialogue between students and professionals of differing perspectives and backgrounds.
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