When you are accustomed to going through life with one lens, things get fuzzy when the focus changes.
When you fall in love with someone from a different culture, the old way of doing things won't always work.
My grandmother once told me, "When you're looking for a life partner, it's best to date someone who's Jewish."Why?
But, do any of us to learn the language of his or her ethnicity.
My boyfriend's grandparents, while they do know English, speak Greek as their native tongue.
Dating people from completely different worlds than mine has not only broadened my own, but it has bettered it overall.
Here's why: Of course, we've all had to sit through high school classes of Spanish, French, Italian and Latin.
When you get serious with someone and talk about your futures together, religion and culture always play a roll.
The best part about this kind of relationship is that you create your own mini culture.
Not everyone is raised the same way you were, especially when you become an adult and move away from your hometown.
When you enter the workforce, you'll be faced with coworkers and bosses who are from all over the world. The biggest asset you can bring with you is When you become comfortable interacting with others interculturally and exhibit the patience you need, you'll be able to succeed further in your everyday life.
Plus, employers often look for unique qualities like bilingualism.
Being able to say I can speak another language makes me stand out from the crowd and expands my own personal experience. While there are tons of "authentic Greek restaurants" all over New York City, there is nothing quite like eating lamb or spanikopita that my boyfriend's grandparents made.
A college girl working three jobs and saving for her loans and her future couldn't make her "travel around the world in 80 days" dream a reality.