Dear Dr. Hwang, “I am sick of professors who don’t see Asian students in the classroom. I feel invisible and self-conscious. It makes me want to drop out of school. But, my parents would have a fit if I quit college.”
Dear College Student: I would have a fit if you dropped out of college too. College is a time where you are learning about content, but you are also learning about yourself. I once had a friend tell me that if I dropped out of college, I would more likely tend to drop out of things for the rest of my life. I think that she was spot on! I appreciate that you are experiencing some obstacles to obtaining your professors attention, but it is no reason to quit working towards your professional dreams. The truth is, you will likely encounter a lot of this in the Midwest and so it is time that you condition yourself compassionately. It is not fair and it is emotionally draining. But, the long view of obtaining a degree and seeking out your dreams should take precedence over a college professor whom you may never see again. I’m sorry this is happening. Get support from friends and others, who can encourage you in all of the ways that you deserve.
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