At 25 Years Old, Ameer Collier, took his first trip to Italy. Ameer describes how his experience changed his perspective and increased his confidence.
Do you feel this trip effected your sense of self or the world? If so, in what way?
I realized there's so much more to see and experience. It was just the beginning for me. Americans are so confined to their country and way of living, traveling and indulging in another culture almost seems like an afterthought especially in our community. Its a challenge stepping outside that comfort zone but its well worth it.
What do you think you accomplished or pursued that you otherwise would not have?
A sense of confidence. Pretty simple, but knowing small things like traveling abroad are very possible gives you a sense of pride and joy. Folks talk about all the things they want to see and do, however, to actually experience it is another story. Like Nike, just do it!
How do you feel your experience was different as person of color?
I stuck out like a sore thumb. I figured the perception of our people in other cultures stems from media. So when physically being seen by foreigners when you're not an athlete, a celebrity, or a simple stereotype, the look folks give you are like "Hey, what're you doing here?"
Ameer Collier was raised in Silver Spring, MD by way of Stone Mountain, Georgia. He has a BA in Media Studies & Production from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Ameer is the founder of The D.O.C.S. Formula. D.O.C.S is a network of creative consultants producing audio and video content promoting community stories and unity.
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