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Friday, 20th October 2017

Just how westernised are we ?

Posted on 29. Jun, 2014 by in General, Opinion

 

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Rola El Missiery

Given our esteemed facility’s name, you would think that AUC would be epitome of westernisation, where the best of two worlds come together; the morals and antiquity of our dearest home and the practicality and innovation of the much revered America, but after having spent a semester abroad in an American university in New Jersey, all my preconceptions of what I would find in AUC were shattered.

For some reason I cannot fathom, I expected to find the attributes of being ‘American’ exhibited in our own campus, whether negative or positive, but I was delighted to discover that we have retained a bit of selectivity as to the things we have adapted.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an attempt to frown upon either place’s conventions, it’s simply an observation of the discrepancies I detected in my foray. Take my column with a grain of salt, for if I don’t manage to offend one person or the other, then I’m not doing writing properly. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be tackling a few differences I detected, and their attributed pros and cons.

Perhaps a minor thing that I noticed initially was the subject of manners, especially when dealing with instructors and professors. I think this one is a point for us, because we have definitely more respect for our superiors than I saw in Jersey. I think, more than anything, it is because most of us have not yet left our parent’s homes, and are still under  their jurisdiction. We have not yet tasted the tinge of freedom that releases those shackles, and perhaps this is for the best. (This is not to say that there are definitely exceptions, for what are campus security and reports for?)

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