Marisa Iati '14 | January 2016
“Where are you from?”
It’s a simple question, a way of trying to learn who a person is. Hometown illuminates background, illuminates identity, we think.
When I moved onto Notre Dame’s campus as a freshman, the where-I-am-from answer rolled off my tongue. I responded with my home state or, if I felt like being specific, my town.
Five years later, the question is harder. The possible replies compete to exit my mouth first: New Jersey, Princeton, Indiana, Notre Dame, Washington D.C., The United States.
My hesitation makes me uneasy. Where am I from?