"It's weird, because it's sort of like living in a shell," Singh said.
But differences _ like Savannah's pierced nose _ are part of what make the world interesting, she said.
"Are we all trying to look alike? Is that what makes a better student, a better school?" Singh asked. "Or a better country?"
"Those young people who invest in their ethnic backgrounds," she said, "seem to actually do more with their lives than less."
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(This version CORRECTS Corrects graf 6, which erroneously referred to Amardeep Singh as Suzannah Pabla's father.)