New Country, New Clothes

by Adolofo Orellana

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Some people change when they come to a new country. Maybe they change their personality but they also change the way they dress.

When I first came to the U.S., I came wearing tight clothes and real funny shoes. At that time the shoes were nice for me but after a while I found that they were real funny. I started seeing people wearing different clothes so I didn't want to be looking different. I felt that I was looking weird so I decided to start dressing in baggy clothes because I didn't want to look strange and I found out that girls don't like wierd people. So four months later I started working a part time job and I started to buy clothes that I thought looked nice to me and other people.

About 95 % of my friends that come to the U.S change the way they dress. They do it because they don't want to look different. Emmanuel Wehjla, a Blair sophomore, said, "I changed because I started hanging out with some friends. My friends were wearing baggy clothes and I was the only weird person around them. So I realized that I had to change the way I looked."

But the other 5 % remain the same. They don't change the way they look or the way they talk. Bladimir Castillo, a Blair junior, said that he won't change the way he looks. Being in a new country doesn't mean that he has to be a new person. " I am who I am and nothing is going to change my personality," he said.

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