Welcome to part 3 of the culture shock series I have, this is the second last one. The first part you can read here and the second here . I hope you will enjoy this part even more than the last two ones. This time we are gonna talk about strangers, dress codes and much more. Keep reading to find out and laugh, be mad or not care about what I have to say. Contact me however you want, discuss with me, agree with me, or with others, but please let’s show respect to each other.
The dress code
I am a feminist and I believe that America, and all other countries can become more equal, a dress code isn’t the way to go and honestly I have never felt worried about my clothes until now.
America is known for their dress code, especially for girls. And honestly I thought it would be more strict when I came here but it isn’t. It can be because we are a community school, because the private schools here in America are very strict with their clothes. Students in my school have commented the dress code, and they say that no one really cares about it.
The teachers has definitely come a long way, and they don’t care if you “break” the dress code. There is always going to be one or two teachers in each school that take the dress code more seriously than the actually education but I don’t think that should represent the whole school. The dress code has definitely miss represent the American schools which isn’t cool.
Having a dress code, is sexualizing kids, especially girls, young girls, and that’s just disgusting. It says a lot if you pull out a girl from class because of a dress code, it says a lot because the teachers (grown ups) stare and look if what you are wearing is okay or not, and that's disgusting and boys don’t even look at girls clothes.
But I was lucky, the dress code isn’t really applied in Cascade, and I am happy for that.
Open to strangers
I fell in love with America in my early years. I was around four years old, but it wasn’t until I went to America for the first time I realize how much there is to love.
Let’s do a storytime so you guys may understand where I am coming from and in what way you are so open to strangers.
2012, I had an outfit on, I really liked it, I felt older and more mature. A girl sees me, but as a Swede I don’t react when she tries to call me. My dad is the opposite of a Swede, he loves to talk to strangers while I think it’s quite embarrassing, I did think that then…
Dad tells me that she tries to talk to me so I turn around and she says that she really loves my dress, I instantly become happy of a strangers approval and thank her for the compliment. In that second, I realized I wanted to be that stranger. 6 years later, and I still remember that event, I would even go so far and say that she changed my perspective on life. It’s not embarrassing to be nice, it’s embarrassing to be quiet. Since then I have been so open to strangers and if I see a girl with a cute outfit, I tell her. The worst thing that can happen is that she ignores me and we frankly need more GRL PWR in this world.
America is amazing, the way you guys aren’t scared to talk to strangers, give them compliments or even making sure that time goes by faster in the line of a grocery store by talking to each other.
Drive thru is God
I have talked to my host mom Joan about this. Everywhere we go, we ask the driver if we are going in or taking the drive thru. We have a drive thru everything. In Sweden we don’t even have a drive thru for every McDonald’s. Drive thru is something I love and I wish Sweden had more of drive thrus. It makes life so much easier.
You can sue everyone for everything
It makes sense tho...I mean in Sweden we have free health care and we have laws that protect us and therefor is something would happen it is easily solved and suing someone isn’t an option because it takes more time, and money than it gives.
Here in America you are kinda on your own. With you insurance always trying to blame you and not laws to protect you suing is kinda the only way to not drain in medical bills and provide justice for yourself.
You are your own best friend here in America.
That every dollar bill is the same color
I never thought about it, and I mean, I am not obsessed about it, but it’s kinda cool. Every dollar bill is the same color. You need to take out all your cash to see what kind of dollar it is. In Sweden and Europe the different colors represent the different values. LOL. Green (The American color) stands for 200 kr, which is 20 dollars.
This was the third part of America VS Sweden. The last part will be coming soon! In that part we will talk from tax to toilets and we cannot forget the American dream! Until then…
XOXO Ema with one 'm'