Why is study abroad important for students from diverse backgrounds?
Senior Year Student
Loyola Marymount University
It is important for you to gain a global perspective on the world. When you learn about othersí
situations, it really makes you appreciate (or in some cases question) the values you were raised
with and help you grow as an individual.
Even at home, I try to surround myself with diversity in gender, race, class and other experiences
so I can become a more complete person. Itís easy to be biased and narrow-minded if you do not know
much about others. But if you make the conscious choice to learn about others experiences and
appreciate them, you will become a much better person and understand the world better. To me itís
not about simply tolerating other people, itís about understanding them and learning from them,
if you do not necessarily agree with their positions.
Also you can share your perspective with others and help breakdown their stereotypes. As an
African American I often see images portrayed in the media of my race that do not necessarily align
with my ideals or what I actually see in my community. When traveling to other places, you might be
the first American natives have seen in real-life. You have the power to dispel false perceptions
and fight intolerance, even if you donít think so.