15 First Generation Americans Reveal The Hardest Parts Of Having Immigrant Parents

"How do I tell my family 'I'm just not smart enough'?"

First generation kids know all too well that they're very different from their American friends who have parents that were born here. And often those friends have no idea what it's like to be first generation. They just don't get some of the rules immigrant parents can enforce, like not allowing sleepovers, dating, or staying out even remotely late. 

Being a first generation American often means oscillating between your two cultures: There's pressure to stick to your roots and make your parents proud, but also a desire to embrace American culture and be just like your friends. 

In a series of confessions on the Whisper app, first generation people shared their experiences with having immigrant parents. These confessions explain some of the struggles and aspirations they have. 

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