I always heard of how people have a different perspective when they know that you are an overseas graduate but I never experience it myself first hand.
I was attending a customer - a husband and a wife - and before they leave, I hand over my card to them. They read it and exclaim proudly, "You are from XXX in Australia?" The wife asked furthermore, "XXX in XXXXX?" I nodded. And that's when I saw it.
It turns out that their children are in Australia too, studying together at a different state. Their eyes showed these proud sparkles when we talk. They seem to have these impressions that I am good at what I do - just because I am an overseas graduate. And somehow there are flickers in their eyes, hoping that their children will turn out as good as I am.
That got me thinking. Perhaps this is how my parents feel whenever they talked about me to their friends. Like this hope and trusts that I will be great. The pride and all.
But I am not sure whether I really do make them proud ...