Unfortunately, I experienced the same reactions when I tell people I am interning in Detroit. Usually, the first reaction is “oh”. This is followed with some remark about how dangerous Detroit is or how it has no redeeming qualities, accompanied with looks of confusion and almost pity- looks of “she has no idea what she’s doing or how unsafe it is”.
"I’ve always felt that is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all of the stories of that place and that person. The consequence of the single story is this: it robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar…Stories have been used to dispossess and malign, but stories can be used to empower and humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.”- Chimanda Ngozi Adichie