Lina Padegimaite

As Interviewed by Rishi R, March 3, 2018

Lina Padegimaite: In Her Own Words

I am interviewing my coach, Lina, who is from Lithuania and moved to America.

So Iím going to interview you on the cultural change from Lithuania to America.


When I go to other countries I get really mixed up with the coins.


When you came here did you make mistakes?

I definitely did. I would look at my wallet and feel really embarrassed for a second Ďcause Iíd take out all my coins and, like, have to stare at the, you know, what the coin actually said -- like is it a ten-cent or a twenty five, or a five-cent. So it was definitely very confusing. And I think the sizes didnít make sense to me because the five is bigger than the ten.

The ten is smaller than the oneÖ

Yeah. And so I was very confused as far as coins, thatís for sure.

A lot of people from Europe think that America has bigger portions than any other country. Was this really noticeable when you first came here?

I would say yes, it was noticeable. As far as portion size, thatís for sure. If you order a coffee in Europe it's just a tiny little cup -- and then if you order a coffee here it's a huge cup that you canít even finish -- so when I went to Starbucks for the first time and they asked me if I want a small, medium, or large, I asked them what a small looked like, and a small here is like a large back home.

In America thereís a big influence about fashion, and celebrities, and style in a common personís life. In Lithuania, was it the same way?

No, so Iím glad you asked that question, I feel like thatís one of the biggest gaps in my cultural adaptation from Lithuania to the U.S. when I came here I had little knowledge of the celebrities, movies, latest fashion, music stars and stuff like that. In Lithuania, we had TV at home, but I wasnít really allowed to watch it that much. We did have some western shows, like MTV and music shows and stuff like that, but I still feel like to this day Iím very behind in pop culture. When people make references to movies when they talk or like actresses and actors, Iím always lost in the conversation and that annoys me.

So was going for a movie or going somewhere to have fun different?

Yes. First of all, we didnít do it as often. I went to movies very rarely with my family. It was pretty expensive to go to a movie in Lithuania, and I guess my family never really prioritized that. I grew up just running around as a kid, playing.

Was the relationship between a teacher and student a lot different, like in some countries the students all stand up when the teacher walks in and they donít sit down until the teacher sits down and stuff like that?

Iím glad you mentioned -- that it's actually exactly how it went in Lithuania. From elementary school to high school It was the same procedure. In elementary school whenever the teacher walked in, we all stood up and then she had the little bell that she ran so we could sit down or she would say that you could sit down -- and same manners in every class through middle school and high school no matter whether it was English class, Lithuanian class, math class. Every professor walked in, everybody stood up and they would say when you could sit down

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