Being a non-citizen, it was certainly a hard task trying to blend into a middle school after transferring from China. From the first day, I was expected to stand up facing the flag, even if I did not memorize the Pledge, just so I appeared like everyone else. Before I was made aware that standing up signifies respect to the flag in a few weeks time, I believed in this set of actions and the Pledge as things needed for the approval of others and the luxury of fitting in. After learning about hegemonic ideologies, I looked back to realize how I have assumed doing the Pledge as intuition and even personalized my Pledge in high school to suit my religious belief. So here I ask you what was it like, for those who grew up with the Pledge? What do you think of the flags in every middle/high school classroom?