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Maria Giudice

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What was the most amazing social experience you had and why?

I'm doing a research project on engaging, public, social experiences and trying to understand what makes them so special. Looking for patterns here, so, no wrong answers!

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    Feb 15 2011: In 2000 I was an exchange student coming from Romania, Bucharest, in a small Long Island town, Mount Sinai. Imagine the questions I got from all the people I met during my stay, as most did not know where Romania was on the map, not to mention any other information, like living conditions and level of education. I come from a moderately wealthy family but I represent a growing social class, and even at that time I was above the American mean.Starting from the image of a rural African country they had imagined about Romania, they were astonished to find out I had at that time, more TV sets and cable internet, 2 cars and even a more lavishing lifestyle than some of them. By the end of my year there, I had managed to share a lot of information about my country to so many people . In case anyone would like to know more about us Romanians, please feel free to leave a note:)

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