Am I From California or the U.S.?

Brandon the Gallant

Is African Californian a thing?

My first travel abroad experience was funny. Yup, that’s how I’d describe it. Not like “ha ha” funny (even though there was a whole lotta that too), but funny like “Ya know, I never really thought about [insert experience]. Funny.” I saw, learned, felt a lot of things I’d never really considered before. It changed a lot for me. What’s also funny is that I expected that. I knew I was in for a wild ride that would have a big impact on me. I just couldn’t predict the particulars.

The way you perceive yourself changes over time. Identities can morph and evolve–some come to the forefront at times, while others fade into the background. For me, I’d never actually thought about the fact that I’m an American until I was 20 years old and found myself in a whole other country for the first…

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