Two things are essential to remember about cultures: they are always changing, and they relate to the symbolic dimension of life.
The symbolic dimension is the place where we are constantly making meaning and enacting our identities.
Cultures are like underground rivers that run through our lives and relationships, giving us messages that shape our perceptions, attributions, judgments, and ideas of self and other.
Though cultures are powerful, they are often unconscious, influencing conflict and attempts to resolve conflict in imperceptible ways.
Fortunately for me, this year the Common Application decided to adopt entirely new prompts for the essay section.
Many college counselors moan and groan about these changes.
In shaping our values, cultures contain starting points and currencies.
Starting points are those places it is natural to begin, whether with individual or group concerns, with the big picture or particularities.
A background is something that is not really fixed in time: it’s a circumstance.
A story, on the other hand, exists in time, and has a beginning, middle, and end.