I would love to go over to Greece after school and play basketball. My dad is actually working on trying to get me dual citizenship now…I would love to play basketball overseas. So that would be the best place to do it. I’m trying to learn Greek now and stuff like that. It’s exciting.
I feel like the Greekness in my life kind of shaped me into being a better person. Having a strong connection with the church and going to Sunday school. My mom raised me to have good morals and stick with them and not let people persuade me into different things.
One aspect to being Greek American is what I call the “Greek discount.” That is, when you meet someone on the street and you find out that he is Greek. So if you’re buying a sandwich from him, he will tell you to take it for nothing or at a 50% discount.
Whenever I’m having a stressful moment or time, I just want to go back to Greece and Cyprus and be there. It helps me here when I’m stressed out. I just kind of regress back there in my mind.
People ask how I identify myself, and I’ll say Greek and Italian. If you say Cypriot, everyone asks, “What’s that? Where is Cyprus?” So I think Greek is just easier. That’s what my dad does, too. He will say he is Greek first.
Since I have a very cultural European background from my Greek side and an Anglo Saxon protestant Americanized background, it allows me to identify with a lot more Americans than if I had the opportunity to share only one culture.
When I talk about my cultural background, I’m American first. I was born here, grew up here in this country that gave my family everything. We owe a lot to the United States of America. But second off, I’m Greek.
To me, what it means to be Greek is to have keep a really cool heritage. We should be proud of where we came from and why people know us as being Greek. And why people know Greek people as the way we are seen. There’s a reason for that.
People have said to me I’m not really white because I have such olive complexion and things like that. So on forms where you have to fill out your race, I check “other” and jot down Greek next to it. I recently started using the term Mediterranean.
There’s a monstrously large Greek flag above my bed. Pretty much all of my pictures in my room are from Greece. I like to have pictures of my friends in Greece and my family. I don’t see them all the time and I would like to remember them.