San Francisco, CA
For better or worse, my accent changes others’ perception of me in an instant when they hear me speak. That used to make me feel very self-conscious and I sometimes avoided talking, not to reveal that I’m actually a foreigner and not just another white American.
It took me a good 10 years in this country to stop feeling self-conscious about my accent. These days, I interpret an obvious shift in perception because of my accent as a reflection on the other person, not on me. I already know who I am.