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Dhara Bhakta Ms. Neely ENGL 104-523 29 April 2008 But You Say I’m Just a Friend The founders of the U.S. strongly valued independence as they revolted against Great Britain’s King George III; independence continues to be evident in today’s American culture as depicted by Rebekah Nathan’s My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student . Independence is cultivated in the early years of students, especially when one reaches the age of 18 and is expected to fulfill the many responsibilities of an adult. Casual friendships are simply a result of this self-reliant nature. Nathan discusses an international perspective on the composition of American friendships while interviewing foreign students from across the seas at AnyU. She receives negative experiences of superficiality and independency existing in relationships formed at AnyU. In contrary, Texas A&M University prides itself in a compassionate student body creating the model of an “Aggie Family”. I do agree with Nathan’s perspective of independency creating less personal relationships with peers; however, it’s a value instilled to American students from a very young age and shouldn’t be misinterpreted as a factor damaging the quality of relationships. Not only does Nathan argue that the informal friendships are formed at American
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