26 Decisions That Are Incredibly Difficult For Third Culture Kids

May 05, 2012 · 3 mins read
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“So, where are you from?”

Third Culture Kid (noun):

1. The most difficult decision you’ll make as a TCK is choosing what to say when someone asks where you’re from. Via teen.com

2. And the inevitable follow-up: “Of all the places you’ve lived, which is your favorite?” Fox / Via degrassi.wikia.com

3. Who to root for during any World Cup. CBS / Via sheldonsfans.com

4. And, even more difficult, during the Olympics. Fox / Via goodreads.com

5. When forms and documents require you to check a box describing you’re from. giphy.com


6. Picking a cuisine for dinner. Everyday. Literally everyday. popcrush.com

7. Which accent (or language) to speak in when you’re with friends from multiple places, or when you meet someone new. New Line Cinema / Via lessonsfromanea.wordpress.com

8. Which time-zone to celebrate your birthday in: Where you are? Or where you were born?? Warner Bros. / Via gurl.com

9. Awkwardly correct peoples’ incorrect pronunciations of your name, or just roll with it? NBC / Via propaganda-for-life.tumblr.com

10. “How many languages can you speak?” Idk, are we counting the ones I can order food in? Universal Pictures / Via justanotherunintern.tumblr.com

11. Understand the news and current affairs of one place thoroughly? Or understand a thousand places at surface level? News 9 / Via confessionsofahomo.tumblr.com

12. Which I.D. to use when you go out. Columbia Pictures / Via abc.net.au

13. Plan a route based on the most painless layover, or the best in-flight entertainment system? Via Paramount Pictures

14. And when you’re on the plane: Watch the safety video AGAIN, or just start your nap early? Via stuarte.co

15. What term of endearment to call your significant other. Hayati? Amor? Jaan? Mon cher? ABC / Via freebeacon.com

16. And, of course, which language to curse in. Universal Pictures / Via sodahead.com

17. Picking a wedding location will probably be the most difficult of all. Where in the world is convenient for both your college buddies and your grandma? japemonster.com

18. What to do when someone asks if they can look at your passport a.k.a. your most prized possession. NBC / Via popcrush.com

“Sure, if you promise not to fetishize my foreignness and agree to have a two-hour conversation about othering right after.” 19. Where to go on vacation? See somewhere new, or visit one of several homes? Via glee.wikia.com 20. When a form asks for your “permanent address.” Nickelodeon / Via thegiflibrary.tumblr.com 21. Which currency to process large sums of money in. Let’s be honest, “thirty-five thousand Rubles” sounds a lot more expensive than “a thousand dollars.” wordpress.com 22. WhatsApp or iMessage? Skype or FaceTime? Viber or Google Voice? CBS / Via belleofthelibrary.com 23. Wanna get a tattoo in homage to your home? Cool. Which one. lightsdailynet.tumblr.com 24. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, or stay up into the middle of the night chatting with friends in other timezones? Via gifbuffet.tumblr.com 25. When Facebook asks for a “hometown.” Fox / Via food24.com 26. And, of course: “If you had to pick one place, where would you call home?”