My Social Media Marketing class this past semester gave me the opportunity to seek out stories I might not usually get the chance to see. I’ve been learning to listen and seeking to understand the perspectives of immigrants — it’s been a memorable and beautiful experience. Here’s where it started:
When you’re scrolling through your Facebook and Instagram feeds, or deciding what to watch next on Netflix, what makes you stop? What kind of story gets you to halt, to invest your time and energy, to feel alongside the people involved in the tale?
For me, I tend to be curious about families, about times when people speak up, about complex choices and people who face their struggles with dignity and courage. But there’s a common thread in the stories I stop for: they’re familiar.
I have a comfort zone, and I tend to read about real people that I have a lot in common with, which reinforces my own narrow experience of what life looks like. And this is a problem.
So many people have stories of courage and triumph and pain that take place across lands I’ve never visited, within cultures I’ve never experienced, but my habits don’t…
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