Communications Intern Maya Brown intrinsically understands the importance of global perspective. To commemorate International Education Week, Maya has shared some thoughts on what international education means to her.
In a country as diverse as India, I learned at a young age that ethnic and religious differences make us unique, however, it was also challenging to attend a school where I am the only non-Indian, both in my language abilities and looks. I was teased by peers over my eyes for being too “chinky” and by teachers for not knowing Mumbai’s dominant languages, Hindi and Marathi. It was arduous growing up with no one who looked like me or understood my challenges of being viewed as a foreigner in the only country I had ever known. However, as my family moved back to the US, I began to relish the fond memories of my life in the South of Asia.