In today's society, there is constant pressure on individuals to live up to certain expectations, whether it is related to academics, careers, or beyond. Some individuals conform, but others defy such expectations in order to pursue what they truly desire.

Have there been any expectations that have been imposed upon you by your friends, family, or society while you were growing up, or even up until now? How have you defied these expectations and why?

The Inter-Asian Council, through #DefyingExpectations, is seeking submissions from the community in hopes of standing up to stereotypes and celebrating how people can be much more than how they first appear. If you are interested in sharing your story, fill out the form on the #DefyingExpectations website.

If you have any questions, send email to iac@jhu.edu.

Note: The Inter-Asian Council welcomes any and all submissions regardless of racial identity.